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Russia created global system for spreading destructive ideas and myths. Ukraine must counteract it

24 June, 2024 Monday
19:45

On the way home from the Peace Summit, I flew to Brussels for a day: I had a speech and meetings at NATO headquarters. The main topic, of course, was preparations for the Washington summit. But I used this opportunity to pitch our partners one idea that I had finally crystallized and finalized

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It was important to hear feedback on the idea in person and meet with all the stakeholders who have a mandate to implement it.

I also talked about disinformation.

Ukraine has made significant progress in countering it. And we need to move forward. We have dismantled direct Russian control over the TV channels of pro-Russian oligarchs, limiting their ability to conduct large-scale campaigns. However, Russian propaganda has adapted, now focusing on exacerbating existing problems in Ukraine, including through social media and alternative media.

Our countermeasures are comprehensive, focusing on threat monitoring, awareness raising and resilience building. We have established a network of official communications that includes local authorities and government agencies.

The National Security and Defense Council's Center for Countering Disinformation addresses key challenges, while the Office of the President and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs handle international communications.

We are now facing a more complex threat. Russia has created a global system for spreading destructive ideas and myths. It is a kind of thought virus generator. The system acts like malicious software, producing, distributing, reproducing and modifying malicious information. Putin's recent statement that the atrocities in Bucha were a Ukrainian provocation is an example of this approach.

Countering the system requires more than just fighting disinformation and fake news. We need a comprehensive, multilateral approach. It should not only refute false claims, but also challenge the narratives that create fertile ground for their acceptance.

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About the author. Daria Zarivna, Senior Advisor to the Head of the Office of the President of Ukraine.

The editors do not always share the opinions expressed by the authors of the blogs 

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