EUvsDisinfo, a disinformation watchdog affiliated with the European Union’s foreign service, is reporting that Russia’s build-up of military forces along the Ukrainian border is accompanied by the expected and intensified disinformation efforts. According to a EUvsDisinfo report:
April 15, 2021 For example, we spotted the claim the Ukrainian Armed Forces seek to provoke a full-scale armed conflict in Donbas. Similarly, there was a claim that by provoking Russia, Ukraine plays the role assigned to it by NATO, namely to justify the existence of the Alliance under the pretext of the Russian threat. Many of these narratives aim to portray Ukraine as a puppet of the West, forcing audiences to see the conflict as an easy-to-comprehend standoff between East and West. Think of the claim that “Anglo-Saxons” are pushing Kyiv to full-scale hostilities in Donbas. Also supporting this framework is the false story alleging that President Zelenskyy tries to seize power by force in order to please foreign sponsors. Similar is the claim that Zelenskyy is unable to make independent decisions and dances to the tune of the US. […]
Pro-Kremlin media also spread disinformation downplaying Russia’s role in Ukraine. Since 2015, we have already spotted 116 claims about a civil war in the country. This supports the false view that Ukraine is locked in a civil war, while masking Russia’s interference and illegal annexation of Crimea. This narrative was reinforced by the claim Russia is not a party to the conflict and is not interested in a conflict with Ukraine. In a similar fashion: the conflict in Donbas is only internal, the Russian army is not a part in hostilities in Ukraine. In a more extreme variant of narrative: Ukraine is becoming authoritarian, and is preparing a genocide!
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In December, we reported on a Russian intelligence-tied media project dedicated to publicizing alternative narratives about the causes of the crash of the MH14 in Ukraine, casting doubt on evidence implicating Russia and the separatists in the downing.