Ukrainian News: Canada Creates Russian Disinformation Team


Ottawa will create a task force to counter Russian disinformation and propaganda, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday.

Canada is also expanding its sanctions list to include 62 more people as well as Russian drone maker Concern Avtomatika in retaliation for Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine.

The prime minister announced the new measures at a special meeting involving leaders from dozens of countries supporting Ukraine.

Theoretically intended to discuss Russia’s illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula in 2014, the meeting took place on the eve of the sixth anniversary of Moscow’s full-scale invasion of its western neighbour.

Trudeau appeared via video link from Toronto where he is hosting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who has also pledged more aid to Ukraine.

Trudeau and Scholz also pushed back against Russian claims that Western sanctions are responsible for rising food prices around the world, which the Canadian leader said was one of the reasons the disinformation task force was being created.

“When the Russian regime blames the sanctions for the world’s food crisis, it is engaging in misinformation,” Trudeau said.

“We must continue to fight against Russian disinformation. That is why Canada will create a dedicated team to help increase our ability to monitor and detect disinformation from Russia and other states.

The Prime Minister also announced that Canada will provide nearly $4 million for two projects aimed at strengthening Ukraine’s military and police services, including mental health programs.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on August 23, 2022.