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HomeNewsOrganization of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine02.09.2022, 10:41

Ukraine is effectively countering russian disinformation

Ukraine is effectively countering russian disinformation. This was emphasized by the participants of the two-day international round table on the topic "Countering disinformation in the context of hostilities", which is taking place in Kyiv.

As reported by the Apparatus of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and the Center for Countering Disinformation, which initiated the event, Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, noted in his introductory speech that russia works according to the patterns of Nazi Germany, spreading "lies, lies and more" in the world once a lie," investing billions of dollars in information warfare. At the same time, he said, Ukraine won on the information front, which is no less important than the battlefield.

Andriy Shapovalov, acting head of the the Center for Countering Disinformation, emphasized the need to create an international hub for combating information threats. Today, he emphasized, Ukraine had to make a "civilizational decision" to stop the information terrorist - russia, which has been putting pressure on our state and our strategic partners for decades.

The head of the Office of the Council of Europe in Ukraine, Sten Nyorlov, emphasized the importance of countering disinformation campaigns carried out by the russian federation "immediately, and not putting it in a long box". "Today, Ukraine demonstrates to the whole world an effective countermeasure against disinformation," he said.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Latvia to Ukraine Ilgvars Klyava noted that the experience of Ukraine, which has been fighting on the information front since 2014, is very important for other countries.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Moldova to Ukraine Valeriu Kiver noted that the information space of Ukraine and Europe as a whole is constantly under pressure from the russian federation. "Only by uniting, European countries will be able to effectively resist enemy propaganda," he said.

Robert Post, a public relations officer at the US Embassy in Ukraine, emphasized that russia uses lies as a "main tool" of large-scale propaganda. According to him, the G7 countries, in particular, the USA, together with the Ukrainian authorities, are actively fighting against russian propaganda and disinformation.

Molly Graham, First Secretary of the Policy and Bilateral Relations Department of the Canadian Embassy in Ukraine, said that Canada, like other democratic countries, clearly understands the threats to freedom of thought posed by propaganda and disinformation. That's why, she said, Canada is "focusing a lot of effort" on conducting training for journalists on countering disinformation, paying a lot of attention to checking social networks and verifying messages.

The head of the operations department of the Swedish Psychological Protection Agency, Mikael Tofvesson, called it a "main task" to "monitor, analyze and counter the impact of russian disinformation on society." "Our struggle is aimed at building a free democratic society where there is no place for propaganda and misinformation, but only freedom of speech and pluralism of opinion," he said.

Olena Ursu, the head of UNDP's democratic governance project group in Ukraine, noted, among other things, that the russian federation spreads "harmful gender stereotypes" about Ukrainian women with children who have gone abroad. "We develop the media literacy of the population and pay great attention to educating society on information hygiene," she said.