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Armed Conflict

Here we track both anti-Western and anti-Russian spin used to (re)define ongoing armed conflicts on both sides.

Armed Conflict: In the Age of Disinformation, One Side’s Proof is Another’s Propaganda


Technology has failed to bring certainty to conflict zones where opposing sides employ information against each other

Ukraine’s War of Words and Viral Videos


On both sides of the front line in Eastern Ukraine, TV and social media have been turned into weapons.

Russia Used a Two-Year-Old Video and an ‘Alternative’ Swedish Group to Discredit Reports of Syria Gas Attack


Who are the Swedish doctors that Russian media is using to drum up support for war in Syria?

Russian Librarian Found Guilty For Keeping Ukrainian Books


As Russia’s war with Ukraine stretches into a third year, the Kremlin is stepping up efforts to squash any expressions of pro-Ukraine opinion. The Russian head of a government-funded Ukrainian library has found herself the latest target.

Ukraine’s East: Why Not Call Russia’s Occupation by Its Name?


Failure to officially define the East as Russian-occupied gives Moscow a PR advantage, some Ukrainian MPs say.

Brothers in Arms

Text & Illustrations

Why Russian ultranationalists confronted their own government on the battlefields of Ukraine

Ukraine’s Battle with Russia Moves to the Classroom


Ukraine is trying to fight back against Russian influence with a new drive to promote teaching in Ukrainian — but some fear this will play into Kremlin hands

The Russian Offensive in Syria You Haven’t Heard About


The Kremlin smells military victory in Syria, but its media campaign could turn out to be a bigger triumph

When a Reporter Crossed the Kremlin’s Borderline


To understand the tempest of Russia’s information wars, is the past prologue? An inside story from the conflict in Ukraine

Meet The Kremlin’s Keyboard Warrior in Crimea


Is Konstantin Knyrik the new star of Russia’s information war?

Holland’s Struggle With Its 9/11


Nearly 200 Dutch people died when Flight MH17 was shot down over eastern Ukraine. Four years on, the relatives have to battle Russian disinformation, as well as their own emotions.

Now Healthcare Is a Weapon in Ukraine’s War


Russian-backed separatists are using medical treatment to try to win support for their cause

Polluted By A War of Words


When a Crimean town was engulfed by toxic gas, public safety concerns were lost in a cloud of disinformation