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.
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.
Russian propaganda can effectively stir up misunderstandings and hostility between the National Guard of Ukraine and the Armed Forces of Ukraine: such a claim was admitted by National Guard Commander, Lieutenant-General Yuriy Allerov in an interview for a Ukraine website apostrophe.ua.
On June 23, Zvezda, a Russian TV run by the Ministry of Defence, published information about possible closure of Poland-Ukraine border. Even if the news informed about only one border checkpoint, from its headline it could be deduced that Poland possibly sought to close completely its border with Ukraine.