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    Word War: In Russia-Ukraine War, Information Became a Weapon

    Word War: In Russia-Ukraine War, Information Became a Weapon

    's invasion of is the deadliest conflict in since World War II, and the first to see algorithms and TikTok videos deployed alongside fighter planes and tanks.

    The online fight has played out on computer screens and smartphones around the globe as Russia used disinformation, propaganda and conspiracy theories to justify its invasion, silence domestic opposition and sow discord among its adversaries.

    Now in its second year, the war is likely to spawn even more disinformation as Russia looks to break the will of Ukraine and its allies.

    “The natural question is: What's next to come? We know that Russia is preparing for a protracted conflict,” said Samantha Lewis, a manager of strategic geopolitics with the cybersecurity firm Recorded Future. “Ukrainian morale is almost certainly a key target of Russian psychological operations. And there's the risk of international complacency.”

    A look at Russia's disinformation war since the conflict began:

    Divide and Conquer

    The Kremlin's propaganda efforts against Ukraine began many years ago and increased sharply in the months immediately before the invasion, according to Ksenia Iliuk, a Ukrainian disinformation expert who has tracked Russia's information operations.

    Russia tailored the messages for specific audiences around the world.

    In Eastern Europe, Russia spread baseless rumors of Ukrainian refugees committing crimes or taking…

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