Documents Reveal Covert US, UK, NATO Propaganda War In Ukraine


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16:25 10.04.2015(updated 16:29 10.04.2015) Get short URL
Documents posted on the web reveal a high-level anti-Russian propaganda
war being waged in south and eastern Ukraine by the US, the UK and NATO
on behalf of the Kiev Government, using non-governmental organisations
(NGOs) as agents.

According to the Drakula blog, the West is raising its game in its
campaign against Russian President Vladimir Putin. While it is — on
the one hand — pumping up the military volume by moving NATO and US
hardware nearer to the Ukraine and Russian borders, it is also playing
a hybrid war by pumping funds into an anti-Russian propaganda war.

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Caucasus ‘Conflict Prevention’ Program NATO documents show that a
“co-ordination meeting on StratCom training for Ukraine” was held in
Riga, Latvia on February 19, 2015 as part of its “on-going capacity
building programme”.

StratCom stands for Strategic Communication, which means dealing with
the “inability of Ukrainian media to provide sufficient reach for
the south/east of the country; vast reach of media originating from
Russia; lack of strong Public Broadcaster; lack of success stories;
[and] lack of trust of the population of the south/eastern regions
in the central government”.

The NATO document reveals the Kiev Government has a “weak Public
Affairs capacity” and sets out proposals to counter Russian influence
and tackling what it describes as a lack of cross-government work and
co-ordination as well as a lack of understanding of the importance of
“national narrative”.

“Decreasing the Russian Information Influence”

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‘Anti-Ukrainian’ Propaganda Further documents reveal a project run by
the UK Foreign Office, the Department for International Development
and the Ministry of Defence worth $360,500 with the purpose of:
“National reconciliation in Ukraine through effective communication for
restoring public trust and empowering of the participatory democracy
mechanisms using regional media coverage, counteraction to Russian
information influence”.

It outlines a pro-Kiev propaganda battle using Ukrainian agencies
including the Ukrainian Institute for International Politics (UIIP);
the Analytical Center for Geopolitical Studies ‘Borysfen Intel’
(BI); and the Department of the civil-military cooperation, HQ of
the armed forces.

The program involves “resuming the communication and community dialog
in Eastern and Southern regions of Ukraine using international
experience shared by UIIP and BI foreign partners; informational
support of national reconciliation ideas through broadcasting and media
coverage of Eastern and Southern Ukraine regions by new alternative
regional mass-media and Internet resources; and decreasing the Russian
information influence in Ukraine, discredit of the Russian political
and military leaders.”

The revelations will embarrass the US, NATO and UK who have been at
pains to denounce Russia for promoting what they call a ‘hybrid war’
in Ukraine.

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