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Russian President Vladimir Putin appears on a television screen at the stock market in Frankfurt, Germany. Russian President Vladimir Putin appears on a television screen at the stock market in Frankfurt, Germany, Feb. 25, 2022 (AP photo by Michael Probst).

Putin Is Losing the Information War in Ukraine—So Far

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Russia has a long history of using disinformation and propaganda to advance its interests, and the war in Ukraine is no exception. Washington has so far reacted effectively, but the next phase of the conflict will bring new challenges, and the U.S. government and U.S. technology companies will need to push back on Russian tactics in ways that affirm democratic principles.

For months preceding the invasion, the Kremlin deployed a concerted propaganda campaign designed to lay the groundwork for justifying it. This campaign included a deliberate effort to cast Ukrainians as Nazis and the perpetrators of genocide against Russian speakers in Eastern Ukraine; to advance incendiary false allegations of provocative violence by Ukrainian forces; and to depict NATO and the United States as the true aggressors. All the while, Kremlin-backed accounts online have blamed Washington and London of “spreading war propaganda” and conducting “information terrorism.” ...

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