The Kremlin’s information manipulation and disinformation attacks on Ukraine were launched years in advance of the war unleashed on 24 February 2022. The Russian state-controlled disinformation apparatus, often spearheaded by the generously funded self-described information weapons RT and Sputnik, manufactured myths and false pretexts for invading Ukraine for years, dating back to at least 2014. In fact, the EUvsDisinfo database has collected more than 5000 individual cases of disinformation targeting Ukraine, which is well over one-third of all cases in our database.
Ukraine has withstood the brutality of Russia’s onslaught, galvanized international support and shown the world the true meaning of courage to stand up for the fundamental values of freedom, sovereignty and the right of self-determination. Ukraine has also braved an unprecedented pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign and information manipulation to support Russia’s criminal war. As the international community continues to support Ukraine’s struggle for freedom and sovereignty, it must also spare no effort to dismantle the pernicious false reality about the war Russia has built on lies and deceit.
EUvsDisinfo has pooled selected examples of Russia’s aggressive actions against Ukraine in 2021-2022 and highlighted the corresponding disinformation narratives propagated by Russian state-controlled outlets. See the infographic.
Many months have lapsed since Putin unleashed his “three-day war” against Ukraine, perhaps expecting a quick victory or believing his own lies and propaganda. Here is an overview of the 100 days of Kremlin’s lies about the war against Ukraine.