US and Poland Unite to Combat Russian Disinformation Targeting Ukraine

The newly formed Ukraine Communications Group, based in Warsaw, aims to counteract Russian misinformation and amplify Ukrainian voices in the ongoing conflict.

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The United States and Poland are forming a group to assist Ukraine in combating Russian misinformation, the US State Department’s Global Engagement Center stated on Monday.

The Global Engagement Center, which attempts to expose misinformation spread by what it deems hostile governments, said in a statement that the joint Ukraine Communications Group, or UCG, was founded in Warsaw to “support Ukraine against Russia’s aggression in the information space.”

The State Department said that the new organization will unite partners to “coordinate messaging, promote accurate reporting of Russia’s full-scale invasion, amplify Ukrainian voices, and expose Kremlin information manipulation.”

The State Department said that the Kremlin “repeatedly uses lies and manipulation to peddle false pretexts for its unjustifiable invasion, obfuscate its war aims and attempt to fracture worldwide solidarity with the Ukrainian people.”

The Kremlin has disputed charges it promotes misinformation, accusing the West instead of indulging in “information terrorism.”

According to The Associated Press, Polish authorities claim that Russia’s secret services have targeted Poland with sabotage and other disruptive efforts.

NATO member Poland has served as a conduit for Western weaponry supplies to Ukraine. It has also provided a safe haven for a large number of Ukrainian refugees who have left their own country following Russia’s invasion in February 2022.

Oleksii Kovalenko contributed to this report. Some material was contributed by The Associated Press.

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