The spread of Russian disinformation within the Ukrainian information field

Rozprzestrzenianie rosyjskiej dezinformacji w ukraińskim polu informacyjnym

| Liliya Imbirovska-Syvakivska

ORCID: Liliya Imbirovska-Syvakivska: 0000-0002-7085-8833

ORCID: Nataliia Voitovych: 0000-0001-9466-0787

ORCID: Nataliia Voitovych: 0000-0001-9466-0787

Pages: 197-211

Edition: Lublin 2023

DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2023.2.10

Citation method: N. Voitovych, L. Imbirovska-Syvakivska, The spread of Russian disinformation within the Ukrainian information field, „Rocznik Instytutu Europy Środkowo-Wschodniej” 21 (2023), z. 2, s. 197-211, DOI: https://doi.org/10.36874/RIESW.2023.2.10

Abstract: The objective of this study is to identify and analyse the methods of disinformation utilized by Russia to disseminate information in the Ukrainian information field. The main tasks include defining the concept of disinformation and explaining its societal dangers, characterising Information-Psychological Operations (IPSO) as a component of Russia's disinformation campaign against Ukraine and investigating the most prevalent elements utilised by Russia in the dissemination of disinformation. This study is aimed at the synthesis and combination of methods of monitoring, content analysis, and comparative analysis. The article selects publications that exhibit disinformation targeted at Ukrainian society. Disinformation propagated by Russia is subsequently refuted by either foreign or Ukrainian publications, including the “NotaEnota” organisation. The study reveals that Russian disinformation aims to propagate specific narratives and manipulate mass consciousness. Disinformation involves intentionally creating misleading and manipulative content, often in the form of artificially created fakes. The information field of Ukraine has become the primary battleground for Russia's hybrid warfare tactics, which include disinformation, propaganda, and fakes. To effectively counter these tactics, society needs to develop critical thinking skills and media literacy to discern and evaluate information critically. Future research aims to delve deeper into the methods employed in creating disinformation, their objectives, and potential strategies to prevent or counteract their influence.

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