Ukraine remains main target for Russian disinformation war, - research

Source : 112 Ukraine

Russian media is trying to convince that Ukraine 'is not a state' and Russians and Ukrainians are 'one nation'
11:09, 8 January 2019

Russian journalist Dmitry Kiselyov

In 2018 Ukraine appeared in 461 among a total of 1,000 disinformation cases in the Russian media, EU vs Disinformation informs. 

“Pro-Kremlin disinformation about Ukraine targets audiences in Russia, in Ukraine and in third countries, including the West. Domestic audiences in Russia are e.g. faced with narratives which dehumanise Ukrainians and show the authorities in Kyiv as a cynical modern heir to 20th century Nazism. Such a strategy can turn Ukraine into an acceptable target of the Kremlin’s military aggression,” the message says.

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It was noted that the Russian media lied about Ukraine, reporting that the Ukrainian authority belongs to “Nazi successors”, that Ukraine was to blame for the conflict with Russia and MH17 tragedy. A separate block of disinformation of the Russian media concerns the Revolution of Dignity and changes which followed, which they called “a failure”.

For instance, a Belarusian actor played a “disappointed Ukrainian” in an interview on Russian television.

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“Almost five years into the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Kremlin’s use of the information weapon against Ukraine has not decreased; Ukraine still stands out as the most misrepresented country in pro-Kremlin media,” the message says.

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