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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“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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