The European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, an EU-NATO joint organization that seeks to counter hybrid threats, has published a study examining Russia’s key narratives amid the Ukraine crisis. According to the study, the highest Kremlin representatives and Russian media messaging seem to run in unison with some level of organization. According to the study’s press release:
January 2022 The Russian military build-up along the Ukrainian borders is being accompanied by an information offensive. This Hybrid CoE Working Paper analyzes that offensive and its evolution in the second half of 2021. The paper looks at public statements by high-level representatives of the Russian government, considers whether there is an increase in Russian information activities targeting Ukraine, and analyzes the narratives of these information activities. According to the analysis, the messaging of the highest Kremlin representatives and of the Russian “media” seems to run in unison and there seems to be some level of organization in the current communication campaign.
Read the full study here.
The Global Influence Operations Report is closely following Russian disinformation narratives amid the Ukraine crisis. In February, we reported that Russia has increased its disinformation campaigns, spreading falsehoods and lies about Ukraine and NATO.
Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the institution which published the study. It was published by the European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats, an EU-NATO joint organization, not the NATO Strategic Communications Centre of Excellence, a NATO center that seeks to counter disinformation.