1. On January 27, students from several Kiev universities in Ukraine released a video addressing what they believe is Kremlin propaganda. Students ask their Russian peers to "check what you hear, doubt what you see," describing several instances of misleading and false information coming from Russian-controlled state media.
  2. "A war is going on in our country. Your soldiers and our soldiers are dying in our country, civilians are dying. We call on you to lift the information curtain! We stand on opposite sides of the barricades, and between us lie kilometers of misunderstanding. Between us lie tales about Nazis and Ukrainian nationalists."
  3. Обращение студентов Украины к студентам России
  4. A pro-Kremlin youth group called "Network" was quick to respond, saying Ukrainians "dignify a revolution that has led to thousands of victims":
  5. "You call on us to doubt. To have doubt in what? A violent revolution led to a civil war, thousands of victims... But you are calling on us to have doubt. The Crimeans are living peacefully and in our country people aren't killing each other. In our country our loved ones aren't dying from bombs."
  6. The video received 1,445,461 views since it's release on Feb 1:
  7. Обращение студентов России к студентам Украины
  8. The videos are reflective of a information war, one that some say has been fueling tensions amid a serious humanitarian crisis and rising violence. According to recent reports, more than 5,385 people have been killed, including 224 civilian deaths, since mid-April of last year. One million people have been displaced since March.
  9. The use of propaganda as a war tactic is nothing new in Russia. However, with the advent of social media and alternative news sources, false reporting is becoming easier to expose. In the video below, several major stories coming from Russian media were determined to be fakes:
  10. 2014 Review: Top 5 Kremlin media fakes in a year when Russian disinformation went global
  11. Many are fighting to uncover the truth with alternative news outlets. Websites like StopFake.org aim to to fact-check and verify information on events happening in Ukraine. In one instance, the site was able to identify a 2009 photo taken in Juarez, Mexico that had been circulated within Russian media and described as " a morgue full of dead bodies in Slovyansk, Ukraine".
  12. The Stream community shared their views. Some say media control is a more powerful tactic when it comes to winning a war:
  13. Others shared examples of propaganda and misinformation:
  14. One person believes truth is the most effective weapon when it comes to the information war:
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