Tennessee Guard members safe despite Russian information | Politics

Three current and former members of the Tennessee National Guard are safe, despite a Russian newspaper’s false report that the men were killed as they fighting in Ukraine.

The three men named in a Russian report, two of whom are still serving in the Tennessee National Guard, are alive and well — and no U.S. military personnel are currently under command in Ukraine, the National Guard Bureau spokesman said. , Wayne Hall, in a telephone interview. Friday.

The false claim began circulating on Thursday after Russian newspaper Pravda published an article and tweets claiming that the three Americans, whom it identified by name and as “mercenaries”, had been “eliminated”. He cited a pro-Russian militia in Ukraine’s Donetsk region, which said they identified the deceased using a Tennessee flag and other personal belongings left in a backpack near the remains.

In response to the false story, Tennessee National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Marlin Malone said Friday that the military has confirmed the whereabouts of those named and “they are not in Ukraine”.

Malone said the Tennessee National Guard is “monitoring the situation and will assist members as needed.”

The National Guard Bureau said in a declaration Thursday that he believed Russian media targeted the individuals because they appeared in stories associated with a 2018 deployment to Ukraine, which included members of the Tennessee National Guard’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.

This mission included the development of instructors, ranges, training areas, equipment and instrumentation requirements, and a realistic operational training environment, according to the statement.

“All members of the Tennessee National Guard returned safely to their home state in 2019 after a successful mission,” the statement said.

The bogus Pravda article, which was still online on its website on Friday, is one of many distorted claims that have emerged from Russian media in recent weeks as part of a disinformation campaign aimed at bolstering domestic support at The Russian invasion of Ukraine.

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