“Party of War” Or “Pro-Peace?”

To discredit some of the candidates running in the upcoming Ukrainian presidential election, Kremlin propaganda outlets accuse candidates trying to defend Ukraine from Russian aggression of warmongering. Meanwhile, these propaganda outlets praise Ukrainian candidates who advocate for peace “here and now” under Moscow’s conditions, labeling them pro-peace candidates. Thus, the Kremlin-controlled propaganda machine uses...

Task Force Update: As Candidates File, Concern Increases Over Outside Interference

Tomorrow, February 8, is the deadline for prospective candidates to file for the March 31 presidential election in Ukraine. So far, some three dozen applications have been approved by the Central Election Commission (CEC). As election day nears, Ukrainian officials and outside observers are sounding more warnings about Kremlin-driven attempts to interfere in the...

Update: Kremlin Repeats False Narratives Five Years After Maidan

The Kremlin’s disinformation campaign that accompanied its invasion of Ukraine five years ago continues to propagate fake news during the pivotal Ukrainian presidential election cycle today. During Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov’s press-conference on the results of Russian diplomacy in 2018, Lavrov once again repeated some of the most notorious false narratives. “As for...

Russian Propaganda Trashes Democracy in Ukraine and Beyond

With the Ukrainian presidential elections fast-approaching, it seems that Kremlin-controlled outlets are increasing their efforts to shape Ukrainian voters’ opinions and discredit any candidates who appear to be pro-Western. Russian media are still a source of news for 14% of Ukrainians and demonstrate an orchestrated distorted interpretation of reality to their audiences. Kremlin-backed propaganda...

Task Force Update: Kremlin Rhetoric Heats Up Two Months Before Elections

Over the past two weeks, Russian action and rhetoric have been heating up in an effort to apply greater pressure on Ukraine and discredit its upcoming elections, now a little more than two months away. First, on the rhetoric side– Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s security council, warned of the “loss of Ukraine’s statehood” if Ukraine...