Counteracting Propaganda and Disinformation: Lessons from Ukraine

Over the past several years, Ukraine has been at the forefront of counteracting disinformation campaigns and information warfare emanating from the Russian Federation. The country experienced the impact of propaganda, disinformation, and hybrid war earlier than most European or American societies. While unique, Ukraine's experience holds broader lessons for how to tackle these emerging phenomena.

For this conversation, an expert panel will build on findings from Internews Ukraine's recently published book, Words and Wars: Ukraine Facing Russian Propaganda. Participants will discuss how Ukraine is tackling propaganda and disinformation, lessons that can be learned from Ukraine's experience, and how the EU, Ukraine, media professionals, and other partners can work together to help populations in different parts of the world differentiate fact from fiction.


  • Rikard Jozwiak is a Brussels correspondent for Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty.
  • Iskra Kirova is a senior policy analyst for the Open Society European Policy Institute.
  • Andriy Kulakov is program director at Internews Ukraine.
  • Giles Portman is head of the East Stratcom Task Force at the European External Action Service.
  • Volodymyr Yermolenko is director for European projects at Internews Ukraine.
  • Olena Prystayko (moderator) is executive director at the Ukrainian Think Tanks Liaison Office in Brussels
Date: December 12, 2017
Time: 4:005:30 p.m.

Open Society European Policy Institute, Rue du Trône 130, Brussels, B-1050, Belgium

Rikard Jozwiak, Iskra Kirova, Andriy Kulakov, Giles Portman, Olena Prystayko, and Volodymyr Yermolenko