Since 2014, Russia has been trying to create the illusion of legitimacy for its actions on the territory of Ukraine: the occupation of Crimea, the creation of new republics that it later incorporated into the federation, and eventually a full-scale invasion. Not the least role in this is systematically played by “independent international experts” who are in fact European citizens paid by the Kremlin and those who are also responsible for Russian aggression in Ukraine.
On 11 September, in Munich, the Ukrainian Security and Cooperation Center held a panel discussion on Russian disinformation in the West. The speakers discussed why the Russian-Ukrainian war in 2014 was called the “forgotten war” and how successful Russian disinformation campaigns were in Germany.
On 31 August, Ukraine Crisis Media Center hosted a discussion on “Ukrainian refugees are the target of Russian propaganda. How the Kremlin’s campaign to persecute Ukrainians in the world unfolded”.
To destabilize the internal political situation in European countries, Russia is waging a hybrid war that began long before its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. The countries that actively support Ukrainians are the most pressured.
Over the past 4 days, Russia has launched 140 strikes on the territory of Ukraine with drones and missiles, killing three civilians and injuring 14 more. As Russia conducts the largest-scale war in Europe since the Second World War, destroying and taking the lives of Ukrainian civilians, we are telling the world about Russia’s crimes and reminding Europe that the war is much closer than it may seem.