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INFLUENCE ACTIVITIES AGAINST LITHUANIA

By spreading propaganda Russia seeks to undermine the will of Western societies to support Ukraine

By spreading propaganda Russia seeks to undermine the will of Western societies to support Ukraine

The main propaganda narratives that Russia continues to use and has been spreading since the start of its invasion of Ukraine downplay the impact of Western sanctions on Russia’s economy, incite hatred against Ukraine and its people, and seek to fuel confrontation among Western countries. In addition, Russia also promotes less popular narratives or creates new ones depending on the situation:

By spreading propaganda Russia seeks to undermine the will of Western societies to support Ukraine

‘WAR IN THE BALTIC STATES IS IMMINENT’. Russian propaganda tries to convince that the West will use the Baltic States as a bridgehead for the military invasion of Russia but will be unable to defend them after Russia’s retaliation. Following the deployment of PMC Wagner mercenaries in Belarus, the narrative that this group was capable of carrying out an independent invasion of Lithuania was spread.

‘SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE IS POINTLESS’. The spread of propaganda narratives denying the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian Armed Forces has increased as Ukraine’s military actions on the front line have failed to yield any significant territorial gains. The propaganda claims that Ukrainian military and civilian population have lost their motivation to fight and are only being forced to do so by the West-controlled Ukrainian government; and therefore further support for Ukraine’s war effort (especially fundraising campaigns by non-governmental organisations) is pointless.

‘THE WAR IN UKRAINE IS OF NO IMPORTANCE TO THE WEST’. After the outbreak of Israel–Hamas war, Russian propaganda began to spread the narrative that the armed conflict in the Middle East was much more important for the West than the war in Ukraine. Therefore, Western countries will not only suspend military, financial and humanitarian aid to Ukraine but also will lose all interest in Ukraine.

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