UK revives Cold War-era unit to fight ‘disinformation’ — Analysis
Britain says the number of “fakes” coming from Moscow “doubled” last week
For the first time since the Cold War, the UK government announced that it was establishing a disinformation unit in Moscow.
The new Russia-Ukraine Government Information Cell (GIC) will expose and fight “false information,”The Mail received a Sunday report from Liz Truss, Foreign Secretary.
“At the end of the Cold War we disbanded our information unit, but the Russians didn’t disband theirs, so we faced years and years of Russian disinformation.”
Priti Patel, Home Secretary to the Government made similar points in an opinion piece in The Telegraph. She wrote that experts have been brought together by government officials. “tackle Russian information aggression targeted at the UK.”
Truss said London has already been working to expose Moscow’s plans to take over Ukraine. She also cited her last month’s statement in which Moscow claimed it was planning to install. “a pro-Russian leader”Kiev. Truss’ office released the name of a Ukrainian politician who she said Russia wants to lead a puppet government. Four former Ukrainian officials were also named by Truss’ office. They are said to have been in close contact with Russian intelligence services.
“We have seen a doubling of the amount of disinformation activity in the last week, so we know that the Russians are gearing up,”According to the foreign secretary, there had been “40 pieces”This month, fake news is coming from Russia
Maria Zakharova (Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson) dismissed this month’s alarmist rhetoric from Washington and London. “propaganda of war.”
NATO members have accused Russia for acquiring troops and other military equipment with the intention of invading Ukraine over many months. Moscow insists that it is not planning to attack neighboring countries and denies any intention. It claims major troop movements in Belarus and western Russia were routine exercises.
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