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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.

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.