In early March 2014 the StopFake.org site was launched in Ukraine to identify and debunk Russian disinformation that was specifically targeting Ukraine. Journalists, editors, IT specialists and others came together as volunteers to tackle this critical element of modern hybrid warfare. At that time Ukraine faced both the annexation of Crimea and the beginning of a Russian invasion of Donbas, after then-president Viktor Yanokovych fled following the shooting of over one hundred demonstrators in Kyiv during the Maidan revolution.
The recent escalation in violence in Donbas has again been preceded and accompanied by an increased amount of disinformation in pro-Kremlin media. This has been reported by the EU East StratCom Task Force, who have tracked the upsurge of hate-speech and aggressive rhetoric in a number of discussion programmes on Russian TV.Published on 23 Feb 2017
After months of limited coverage of Ukraine in world news, the renewed fighting around the town of Avdiivka has thrust the story back into the headlines. This is a town I visited in April 2016 as part of a project to document the impact of the war with Russia in Donbas...Published on 16 Feb 2017
Attacks on the media in the USA by the White House and talk of "fake news" and "alternative facts" have created an aura of disinformation which worries many. But whilst it is vital to monitor the messages coming from President Donald Trump and his entourage, it is equally important to bear in mind the differences between this and Russian disinformation.Published on 30 Jan 2017
On 6 April 2016, a non-binding referendum was held in Holland on the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine. 61.1 % voted against the agreement, 38.1% voted for it. The turnout was 32.2%. The vote was a setback for Ukraine and a victory for Moscow, whose opposition to the agreement had led to the Maidan Revolution in Ukraine and ultimately to Russia’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine.Published on 7 Dec 2016
Russia is Weaponizing culture in CEE by creating a traditionalist “counter-culture” The hybrid warfare that Russia has been waging against Europe and the West, especially since the beginning of the Ukrainian crisis, is a fight for people’s hearts, minds and souls. Russia is not only trying to undermine trust in Europe and its institutions among European citizens, but it also aims to offer an ideological and moral alternative. While the Russian regime is, most of the time, depicted as cynical and valueless, it certainly defines itself differently.Published on 6 Nov 2016