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In early March 2014 the 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.

Across Europe, the Kremlin has implanted influence groups which disseminate its propaganda in the media, in political circles and social networks. France is probably the country where this penetration effort has met its greatest success...