EU Finds 2,000 Fake News Stories About Ukraine
A disinformation campaign regarding the Sea of Azov began almost a year before the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships last November.
Since the beginning of 2015, a special European Union-sponsored group formed to combat pro-Kremlin disinformation has found more than 5,000 cases of disinformation from Russia, distributed across European countries. More than 2,000 fake stories were related to Ukraine, Polish Radio reported.
After a thorough analysis, experts determined, for example, that a disinformation campaign regarding the Sea of Azov began almost a year before the Russian attack on Ukrainian ships last November.
First, Kremlin propagandists reported that Ukraine had deepened the bottom of the Sea of Azov for the NATO fleet. Then, that the authorities in Kyiv infected the sea with the cholera virus.
Almost 1,200 false messages were related to the United States. The third place, according to the report, was occupied by the European Union itself, where 700 cases of disinformation were recorded. Of these, approximately 120 were about Poland. Furthermore, More 400 fake stories were spread about NATO and Syria and about 40 about Brexit.
Currently, the group consists of several people, but its composition is planned to expand. Experts publish a weekly review on the EUvsDisinfo web portal. Experts also publish information on Facebook and Twitter.