The Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday that they have wiped all the logistic depots of the Ukrainian army near Lviv, as the Russia-Ukraine conflict approaches day 55 with neither side exhibiting indications of de-escalation. Meanwhile, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said that Russia’s default is now just a “matter of weeks” rather than months away.
Russian officials intensify their misinformation campaign.
As countries and social media firms seek to limit Russia’s official media and the misinformation it broadcasts about the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s diplomats are ramping up to undertake more online dirty work.
Russian embassies and consulates are often utilizing social media sites like as Facebook, Twitter, and others to deflect responsibility for crimes while attempting to destabilise the international coalition backing Ukraine.
Russia’s diplomatic corps functions as a worldwide propaganda network, repeating and altering statements for each nation’s audience, thanks to hundreds of social media profiles on every continent.
Warning flags have been added to tech firms’ suggestions and search results, and Russia’s diplomatic accounts have been removed. However, they are still active, spreading misinformation in practically every country, thanks to their diplomatic position, which provides them with an extra layer of protection from moderation.
“These diplomats have tweeted thousands of times each week since the beginning of the conflict, generating more than a million interactions on Twitter each week,” said c, who monitors more than 300 social media accounts associated to Russian embassies, consulates, and diplomatic associations.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called for a four-day cease-fire in Ukraine to begin on Thursday, to coincide with Orthodox Christians’ Holy Week.
The United Nations head warned Tuesday that the need for a “humanitarian pause” is all the more essential as Orthodox Easter approaches amid an increasing Russian onslaught in eastern Ukraine.
The purpose, according to Guterres, is to enable the evacuation of populations from “present or predicted regions of conflict” and/or the delivery of greater humanitarian supplies to areas in critical need, such as Mariupol, Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kherson. According to Guterres, at than four million people in those regions need help.