Evolution of Russian Narratives about Ukraine and Their Export to Ukrainian Media Space

18. May 2021

Disinformation remains one of the main threats to information security in Ukraine and the world. It can influence election results, undermine the stability of democratic societies, exacerbate internal conflicts within them and incite hostility. It also poses an immediate threat to life and health, as was evident during the COVID-19 pandemic when people refused to acknowledge the threat of the disease, believed in conspiracy theories about its origin and actively disseminated them, and were hospitalized or died as a result of self-medication.

This study presents an in-depth review of the key narratives on Ukraine that have been steadily disseminated by the Russian media and later local proxies since 2014. It analyzes their development dynamics depending on the information situation and considers the main channels of disinformation export to the Ukrainian media space, major risk factors enabling such exports, and provides recommendations to combat such informational influences. The analysis of the results of the study by the Hybrid Warfare Analytical Group of the Ukraine Crisis Media Center can be read HERE.


This study was produced in the framework of the EU-funded project ‘Countering Disinformation in Southern and Eastern Ukraine’. Its contents are the responsibility of the Ukraine Crisis Media Center and do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Union.