The Chinese state TV station CCTV released a piece of Russian news on Saturday, Feb. 26, that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had left Kyiv.

As reported by CCTV news, Russian State Duma Chairman Volodin informed on social platforms on Feb. 26 that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky left Kyiv on the 25th local time.

Bloomberg reporter Linda Lew took a screenshot and tweeted: “Speechless, CCTV & Chinese media are amplifying Russian propaganda that @ZelenskyyUa has left Ukraine, when it looks like he is continuing to tweet from Kyiv, debunking rumours that he has left.”

According to CCTV screenshots, by 4:30 p.m. local time in Beijing, the post had been viewed 1.64 million times.

Shortly after that, CCTV once again released a Russian message saying: “The Russian President’s Press Secretary: The Ukrainian side has refused peace talks.”

Liu Lingda tweeted again, “Another one! This time quoting Russian press secretary Peskov saying that Ukraine has rejected negotiations & so Russian military action will continue. CN media has reported news from UKR side, but they’re not the ones getting alerted.”

Wall Street Journal reporter Fan Wenxin also tweeted: “Among China’s state media, CGTN in particular has been freely citing Russian sources without including Ukrainian info (in this case Zelensky’s own video). Intentional? Dunno. But happening while lots of China netizens are trolling Ukraine, drawing risks to Chinese in Ukraine.”

As reported by AP last Saturday, Russia’s Cyberspace Administration (RKN), Russia’s Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media, asked the media not to use the words “invasion” and “attack” when reporting on the Russian-Ukrainian war.

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