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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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.
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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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