This is because we assume that through their activities they have an influence on the formation of the image of Ukraine in both countries.
The aim of this study is to investigate how pro-Kremlin actors in Ukraine and Slovakia have constructed the image of Ukraine in public discourse since the beginning of the Maidan through a specific narrative of the "profound influence of the far-right in Ukraine". We focused on this narrative because it is one of the key propaganda narratives present among all actors spreading Russian propaganda. This includes actors from top Russian political leaders to Slovak and Ukrainian pro-Kremlin actors.
At the same time, it is a narrative that has been present in Slovakia and Ukraine for the entire nine years of the conflict. By monitoring and analysing the Slovak and Ukrainian information environment, we aim to identify similarities and differences in the formation and dissemination of the narrative under study, which undoubtedly result from the specific situation of both countries.
The study is an output of the project Content, Development and Dissemination of the Central Legitimizing Narrative of Kremlin Propaganda in Slovakia and Ukraine (Obsah, vývoj a šírenie ústredného legitimizačného naratívu kremeľskej propagandy na Slovensku a Ukrajine), based on the contract No. MVZP/2022/2/1 on the provision of a subsidy in the field of International Relations and Foreign Policy of the Slovak Republic within the competence of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic.
The views and statements expressed do not represent the official position of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Slovak Republic. The authors are solely responsible for the content of the document.