Ukraine

The Kremlin’s information manipulation and disinformation attacks on Ukraine began long before the start of the full-scale invasion on 24 February 2022. The Russian state-controlled ecosystem of foreign information manipulation and interference, including disinformation, was manufacturing myths and false pretexts for invading Ukraine for years, dating back to at least 2014.. In fact, disinformation cases targeting Ukraine make up over 40% of all cases collected in our database.
Ukraine has not only withstood the brutality of Russia’s onslaught, but is also standing up for the fundamental values of freedom, sovereignty and the right to self-determination, showing the world the true meaning of courage. In addition, Ukraine has braved unprecedented pro-Kremlin disinformation campaigns 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 false reality about the war that Russia has built on lies and deceit.

Many months have passed since Putin unleashed his “three-day war” against Ukraine, perhaps expecting a quick victory or believing his own lies and propaganda. Unfortunately, the war continues – both on the battlefield and in the information space. EUvsDisinfo prepared an overview of the Kremlin’s lies during the first 100 days of the war and continues to monitor and analyse pro-Kremlin disinformation in articles and our weekly Disinfo Review. For example, here we expose twelve myths about Russia’s war.

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Hinterland on fire

Hinterland on fire

The Kremlin’s disinformation is shifting from ridiculing the EU to spreading baseless accusations and conspiracy theories about the Crocus City Hall terrorist attack in Moscow, using this tragic incident to further vilify Ukraine and divert attention from potentially mounting domestic turmoil.
Force feeding fears and summoning bogeymen

Force feeding fears and summoning bogeymen

Pro-Kremlin outlets continue to force-feed Russian audiences with illusionary fears, conjuring up non-existent enemies. All this to drum up war hysteria and invoke primal reactions, to be harnessed in service of the Kremlin’s agenda later on.
Years of war

Years of war

War has become an essential, almost sought-after state of affairs in Russia. We look at some recent developments in society.
Reflection on two years of war and disinformation

Reflection on two years of war and disinformation

The Kremlin's lies, deceit and disinformation have systematically fuelled Russia brutal war of aggression against Ukraine. Two years later, Ukraine fights bravely on and we continue to expose Russia's lies. Don't be deceived.
Navigating the harmful consequences of Disinformation in War

Navigating the harmful consequences of Disinformation in War

For Ukrainian civilians, surviving Russia’s offensive means not only escaping bullets and artillery, but also navigating a flood of disinformation targeted at them by Russian and Russian-affiliated actors. Research by the Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) identified a variety of disinformation narratives spread since February 2022 that have endangered civilian lives.
Cacophonous chorus of conniving voices

Cacophonous chorus of conniving voices

The Kremlin opens a firehose of falsehoods to flood the information space with manipulative narratives about the IL-76 plane crash in Belgorod, and seeks to alter the perception of farmer protests across Europe, spelling doomsday scenarios for the EU.
Groundhog Day of Evil

Groundhog Day of Evil

In Putin’s Russia, the calendar turns, but the story remains unchanged. A cycle of deception, oppression, moral decay, and futile military adventurism with countless losses rolls on.
Prepare for winter

Prepare for winter

As winter makes life harder, the Kremlin steps up its atrocious attacks on civilians while running campaigns to undermine public morale in Ukraine and across Europe. To be prepared, we look back on the two earlier cold seasons.
Putin’s Pawns

Putin’s Pawns

Individuals and their fates do not interest the Kremlin, which just exploits them as disposable pawns in the Kremlin’s losing game.
Spraying hate and slinging lies

Spraying hate and slinging lies

Pro-Kremlin disinformation blurs the line between the digital realm and physical space, amplifying online images of graffiti to fuel offline anti-Semitism while trying to provoke discord and turmoil
All the things left unsaid

All the things left unsaid

Pro-Kremlin outlets try to turn the main focus onto the Israel-Hamas war while talking up ‘Ukraine fatigue in the West’. They are almost silent about Russia’s atrocious bombardments in Ukraine, Black Sea grain issues, and Nagorno-Karabakh.
Tales from the freezer

Tales from the freezer

While rumors circulate about the Kremlin's cryptkeeper chilling in a deep freeze, violent mobs in Daghestan attempted a pogrom-like attack. Meanwhile, our database edges over 16,000 cases of unceasing pro-Kremlin disinformation.
The Kremlin’s travelling roadshow

The Kremlin’s travelling roadshow

Pro-Kremlin disinformation praises Russia’s real or imaginary friends, attempts to placate people at home, distracts from Russia’s quagmire in Ukraine, blames the West for all the worlds’ ills, and spews conspiracy theories and doomsday prophecies.
Shrug of an Answer

Shrug of an Answer

Attacks against the EU’s critical infrastructure saw the pro-Kremlin creative juices flowing, and remorseless propagandists leave no human tragedies in peace.
The Kremlin’s twisted tale of peace

The Kremlin’s twisted tale of peace

Pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets claim Russia wants peace, even as it continues to wage its brutal war against Ukraine. Blaming the West and falsely claiming the world is on Russia’s side reveal the Kremlin’s efforts to manipulate the peace narrative
Substitution

Substitution

When objective reality refuses to bend to the Kremlin’s will, Kremlin propagandists attempt to substitute it with their illusions and wishes.
“Resistance won’t stop the war, but it can hasten its end”

“Resistance won’t stop the war, but it can hasten its end”

Since Russia launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, women have been at the forefront of Russia’s anti-war movement. Feminist Anti-War Resistance (FAR) has successfully rallied women across the country and declared itself a new political force. EUvsDisinfo spoke to FAR coordinator Liliia Vezhevatova about the role of feminism.
Deny, deflect, distract, confuse. Repeat.

Deny, deflect, distract, confuse. Repeat.

Like a magician trying to trick spectators, the Kremlin has engaged many manipulation techniques to explain its bombardments of Ukraine, belittle international talks in Jeddah, and try to confuse the public with a spree of smear campaigns and plain lies.
Sweet-talk and pressure on Africa

Sweet-talk and pressure on Africa

There’s not a grain of truth in Russia’s rhetoric as Moscow prepares to host a summit with a group of African leaders. In the meantime, the Kremlin is trying to destroy Ukraine’s agriculture exports to the detriment of all except Russia.
Only One to Blame

Only One to Blame

Russia failed in their blackmail and now holds the world’s poor hostage, while spouting lies in all directions. A quick glance at the mirror would uncover the real culprit.
Looking for distractions and driving divisions

Looking for distractions and driving divisions

Kremlin disinformation outlets seek to distract from the Ukrainian counter-offensive and the aftermath of Prigozhin’s rebellion, setting their sights on the NATO Summit in Vilnius and the US decision to deliver cluster munitions to Ukraine. Their aim is clear – divide Ukraine’s allies and distract from the trouble brewing at home.
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Cases in the EUvsDisinfo database focus on messages in the international information space that are identified as providing a partial, distorted, or false depiction of reality and spread key pro-Kremlin messages. This does not necessarily imply, however, that a given outlet is linked to the Kremlin or editorially pro-Kremlin, or that it has intentionally sought to disinform. EUvsDisinfo publications do not represent an official EU position, as the information and opinions expressed are based on media reporting and analysis of the East Stratcom Task Force.

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