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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The joy of bombing

The joy of bombing

After weeks of having to gloss over set-backs on the frontlines in Ukraine, Russian state outlets have found a perverse joy in showcasing indiscriminate drone and missile strikes against Ukrainian civilian infrastructure. When Russia attacks, it is ‘rightful self-defence’, but when Ukraine strikes, it is ‘terror and war crimes’.
No Way Back

No Way Back

Putin’s illegal annexations announcement speech took us on a mind-bending ride into an alternative reality and his followers off the cliff with him.
The Dangerous Case of Nuclear Corners

The Dangerous Case of Nuclear Corners

Kremlin disinformation pundits sharpen their nuclear rhetoric to create a false perception of a ‘cornered Russia’ to deter and dissuade the West from responding to Russia’s annexation of occupied territories in Ukraine.
Back to the USSR?  Russian TV on referendums and mobilisation

Back to the USSR? Russian TV on referendums and mobilisation

The same manipulation like during the illegal annexation of Crimea in early 2014: "the masses going to the elections”. The war makes the state media sound like the USSR with focus on "patriotic citizens wanting to be mobilised" and "the success at the front". An eerie silence about protests, demonstrations and Russians departing the country. As always, the West is portrayed as equal to Nazism.
Putin scaremongering – a Quick Guide

Putin scaremongering – a Quick Guide

Putin’s partial mobilisation and support to sham referendums in the occupied territories in Ukraine follow the Kremlin playbook: fake public support, push for escalation, and blackmail. All this against the backdrop of increased repression with tougher laws to control Russian public opinion.
Without You

Without You

Successful Ukrainian counteroffensive exposes cracks in Russian infosphere, but colonial attitudes and toxic hate speech still prevail inspiring more atrocities.
This Is Fine

This Is Fine

Monuments, as with everything else connected to history, have long been a treasured topic for pro-Kremlin propagandists. While Kremlin ‘masterminds’ want to rewrite history and prepare for a glorious future, the past seems to be catching up with them.
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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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