British intelligence tells how Russian propaganda works at war

British intelligence tells how Russian propaganda works at war

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russia has systematically used information operations as a key element of its strategy.

That's the British Ministry of Defense wrote on Twitter, referring to intelligence data, Ukrinform reports.

"Since the start of its full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Russian state has systematically used information operations as a major element of its strategy. It has cultivated multiple channels and proxies to spread disinformation: the intentional creation and sharing of false or manipulated information," the report writes. 

One of the components of Russian disinformation is "narrative whitewashing", by which Russia promotes information from proxy servers or unverified social media sources, penetrating more mainstream or state media.

"This aims to cloud the source of the information, making it easier for the Russian state to distance itself from the message. It then promotes misleading fragments of the narrative, while masking its vested interest," the agency adds.

British intelligence notes that Russian propagandists present manipulated narratives in both organized and opportunistic ways.

Read also: Propagandists trying to whitewash Kremlin over war crimes against Ukrainian children

As Ukrinform reported, the United States has indicted several Russians for spreading propaganda in the country.

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