Assessment of vulnerability and resilience of residents of southern and eastern regions of Ukraine to Russian propaganda

The Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation published a part of Detector Media’s research “On the other side of the screen: An analysis of media consumption and disinformation in Ukraine’s information environment” prepared by its co-author, analyst of the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation Petro Burkovskyi.

During the preparation of our study in eight southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, we formulated the assumption that citizens’ choice of certain statements about the internal and external situation of Ukraine allows to assess the scale of the spread and influence of Russian narratives. Separately, we also surveyed the prevalence of fake and unsubstantiated allegations about the coronavirus. These phenomena in general negatively affect the ability of citizens to critically perceive new information. We assessed: 1) Russian disinformation (interpretations of events and phenomena in Ukraine in a context inordinately favourable to Russia), 2) understanding of the coronavirus, and 3) beliefs about the “external management” of Ukraine.

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