Pretend ‘Canadian Ukrainian Volunteer’ account causes main stir — RT World Information

A Twitter account with 120,000 subscribers was deleted after accusations of fraud

A Twitter account purporting to share the adventures of a pro-Kiev Canadian fighter in Ukraine has been deleted after the individual behind it was accused of faking his credentials. The person within the pictures was posing with duplicate weapons and gear, critics say.

The individual behind the ‘Canadian Ukrainian Volunteer’ Twitter account claimed to be preventing in opposition to Russia in Ukraine. He was supposedly main a lifetime of journey, happening daring recon missions, dodging Russian patrols in Kherson Area, and in any other case risking his life. Nevertheless, the pictures he posted drew the eye of on-line sleuths who discovered them fishy, The Telegraph reported on Monday.

A prolonged thread posted final week by a person referred to as ‘Kung Flu Panda’ made the case that the ‘volunteer’ was a fraud. The individual claimed to have doubts concerning the account earlier, however stated they turned sure after a helmet proven within the pictures was recognized as a plastic duplicate for airsoft fans.

Ukraine Weapons Tracker, a well-liked account that analyzes pictures of army {hardware} in Ukraine, backed the accusations.

There have been doubts concerning the account months in the past. Aric Toler, who works for Bellingcat, stated it was recycling pictures out there on-line, claiming they have been his personal.

One other person, NexusIntel, stated in mid-June that they managed to trick ‘Canadian Ukrainian Volunteer’ into disclosing the IP tackle from which he up to date his Twitter feed. It was apparently situated in Cornwall, a metropolis in Ontario, Canada.

“The one truthful factor that he ever stated was that he was Canadian, in my view,” the person remarked.

He responded by posting pictures of his supposed gear, thereby offering proof that was ultimately used to disprove his battlefield credentials.

The Canadian Ukrainian Volunteer account had round 120,000 subscribers earlier than it was deleted.

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