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Russian propaganda aims to sow hatred against Lviv residents in new info campaign

Russian propaganda aims to sow hatred against Lviv residents in new info campaign Illustrative photo (Photo: Getty Images)
Author: Daria Shekina

The Russians have launched another information and psychological operation (IPSO) on social media, aiming to fuel hatred towards the residents of the Lviv region, according to the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security.

How to recognize a new IPSO

On the social media platform TikTok, the hashtag "Fortetsia Lviv" ("Castle Lviv") is gaining popularity, under which users are sharing an ironic cover of the song "Fortetsia Bakhmut" ("Castle Bakhmut") by the famous Ukrainian band Antytila.

In these videos, Lviv residents are being accused of supposedly thinking that they are the only ones suffering due to the war and defending Ukrainian statehood.

"In some sarcastic videos, Lviv is attributed with more destruction than Mariupol or Bakhmut. In some, they mock the high prices of apartment rentals," the statement reads.

What else is said about it in the Center for Strategic Communications

In such a primitive way, the Russians are trying to ignite hatred within Ukraine, setting residents of different regions against each other.

"It is important to remember: we have one enemy, and that is Russia. And there are no completely safe places in Ukraine, and there won't be until we drive Russian troops out of our lands," the Center added.

Examples of Russian propaganda against Ukraine

Earlier, it was reported that false information was circulating online, claiming that former U.S. President Richard Nixon predicted an American war in Ukraine. However, this is a fake.

A month ago, it became known that the Russian Federation engaged in another information-psychological operation against Ukraine. This time, they are spreading posts about the supposed "destroyed energy infrastructure."