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Results of 2018 “EU versus Disinformation” screening: Ukraine remains under fire through disinformation

January 9, 2019

Almost five years into the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the Kremlin’s use of information as a weapon against Ukraine has not decreased. According to the “EU versus Disinformation” website, Ukraine still stands out as the most misrepresented country in pro-Kremlin media.

In 2018, the country remained the most frequent disinformation target, with 461 references among a total of 1,000 disinformation cases reported in the course of the year by the website.

The EU versus Disinformation website refers to the reports appearing in the “anti-fake” section of the independent Russian outlet The Insider in 2018. Some 60 of the 212 reports were about Ukraine (including Crimea).

The Kyiv-based online outlet StopFake, which monitors the way pro-Kremlin media portray Ukraine, recently presented a top 10 list of disinformation pieces targeting Ukraine in 2018.

The findings of the EU versus Disinformation campaign show that Western and other audiences in the international community are the obvious targets when pro-Kremlin media try to present Ukraine as the guilty party in the ongoing conflict with Russia.

The EU versus Disinformation campaign is run by the European External Action Service East Stratcom Task Force. The team was set up after the EU Heads of State and Government stressed the need to challenge Russia’s ongoing disinformation campaigns in March 2015.

Find out more

Press release

EU vs Disinfo website in English

EU vs Disinfo website In Russian

Follow the @euvsdisinfo campaign on Twitter or on Facebook

For more details about the East StratCom Task Force, consult the Questions and Answers

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