PROGRAMS / INFO-check Ukraine
Since 2014, Russian authorities have been increasing their fight against democratic and pro-Western activities of Ukraine and, in order to achieve so, they have been using various techniques and methods. Among the non-military measures one can distinguish disinformation and propaganda as the key ones. They are addressed both to Ukrainian and Russian societies, but also to the international community. Understanding the characteristics and methods of disinformation and propaganda is crucial to protecting against their destructive influence. This matter is so important because Ukraine constitutes now one of the top areas of competition between Russia and the community of democratic countries.
By displaying instances of Russian propaganda and disinformation against Ukraine, the project’s aims are to:
- discover the anatomy of Russian manipulation in media;
- predict possible threats;
- enable rational and efficient reactions to information attacks;
- understand mentality and attitudes of “average Russians”, vulnerable to disinformation and propaganda.
The target groups for the project are: policy makers, public administration employees, social activists, journalists, social science researchers and analysts, as well as all people interested in international issues.
The Russian agency RIA Novosti has quoted the acting president of the organization “Ukrainian Community of Crimea”, Anastasia Gridchina, according to whom, “Kiev invents cases of human rights violations in Crimea instead of dealing with the country’s problems”.
Russia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs has claimed that Ukraine and the Baltic States continued to discriminate against his compatriots. He also added that the latter could always count on the help and support of their historic homeland.
On October 27, Ukraine’s First Deputy Minister of Information Policy Emine Dzheppar announced that the authorities in Kiev would fight for the release of about fifty political prisoners in the occupied Crimea.
The Security Service of Ukraine denied an alleged assassination attempt on the Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko. It is their reaction to the disseminated information on the planned assassination of the president in the city of Avdiivka in Donetsk Oblast.
Russian media misinform that school children in Ukraine will have to speak only in Ukrainian, even during breaks
In reality, on September 28 Poroshenko appealed to teachers to enhance prestige of the state language not only during classes but also in communication with children.
Oleksandr Turchynov considers the The New York Times as an element of a Russian operation aiming to discredit Ukraine.
Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Turchynov referred to a New York Times article, according to which successful North Korean tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) were possible due to the purchase of powerful rocket engines manufactured in Ukraine.
Russian media suspect Ukrainian activists of causing death of a former deputy to the Supreme Council of Ukraine
Russian radio station Vesti FM suspects that activists of the Ukrainian organization Myrotvorets (Peacemaker) may be involved in the death of Iryna Berezhna – a former deputy to the…
Russian NTV channel as well as other Russian media inform about the alleged “tourist blockade” of the occupied Crimea, imposed by Kiev. They claim that “several kilometer-long queues” form at the Crimean border and they show a film from the entry-exit checkpoint in Chonhar.