Why People Hate Ukraine, Ukrainians, & NATO — Disinformation Narratives You Should Know About

Jakub Ferencik
5 min readJan 29, 2023

It’s hard to say why someone believes disinformation or misinformation in the first place.

It might be because of poor education, a poor economy even, or just malicious intent. I don’t know if we’re that simple as human beings to attribute beliefs with attitudes more generally. I think it’s more complicated than that.

Nonetheless, there are some things we can point to that could explain how disinformation works and why it — unfortunately — often sticks.

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Since the beginning of Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, much of the anti-NATO, anti-Ukraine, and anti-Ukrainian refugee speech has continued and even grown in East Central Europe.

Some of this includes rhetoric like “Yankee trainers trained the Ukrainians,” “Ukraine is just a US/NATO colony,” or “Russia had no choice but to defend itself.”

We are all familiar with such slogans since we meet people with these views on a near-daily basis.

There are at least two reasons why these views are popular in the region.

The Popularity of Disinformation Narratives in East Central Europe



Jakub Ferencik

Author of “Up in the Air,” “Beyond Reason,” & "Surprised by Uncertainty" on AMAZON | MA McGill Uni | 750+ articles with 1+ mil. views