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Anti-Vaccination: Russia makes a disinformation attack against COVID-19 vaccination in Ukraine

Anti-Vaccination: Russia makes a disinformation attack against COVID-19 vaccination in Ukraine

The Russian Federation is using social media and messengers to promote a destructive narrative about the harm of vaccination in Ukraine.

iDemocracy informs so with the reference to the report by the Center for Countering Disinformation «Anti-Vaccination Propaganda – Information Campaign against Ukraine».

«The results of the analysis show features of hostile disinformation attack aimed at increasing the death rate of COVID-19 in Ukraine and preventing country’s residents from vaccination»,
– the report reads.

Russia broadly uses Telegram-channels to spread disinformation that discredits vaccination in Ukraine. A reverse tendency takes place in the territories of the temporarily occupied Luhansk and Donetsk as well as in Crimea and Russia itself, i.e. the propaganda of vaccination by the Russian vaccine Sputnik V and Sputnik M.

The Center for Countering Disinformation states that actions should be taken to stop anti-vaccination propaganda. One of such measures may include covering successful case of vaccination in the Ukrainian town of Morshyn where over 75% of the population is vaccinated.

iDemocracy has previously conducted research concerning the narrative about Ukraine’s “fencing off” Donbas.