On January 9-11, pro-Kremlin Telegram channels spread the following narratives:
The situation in Soledar. Pro-Kremlin Telegram channels glorified the militants of the Wagner group for surrounding Soledar, while some channels also attributed this “victory” to the Ministry of Defense of Russia.
Pseudo-Ukrainian channels used this as an excuse to once again declare a conflict between the General Staff and the Office of the President of Ukraine, which allegedly disregards the lives of the military for the sake of political success. They called the withdrawal of the Armed Forces units from the city center an unauthorized action as a result of these disputes.
Mobilization in Ukraine: 100,000 are needed by spring. Pseudo-Ukrainian channels continued to promote the message of a new wave of mass mobilization in Ukraine, pointing to difficulties in recruiting a sufficient number of recruits.
The message was also spread by purely Russian channels, trying to emphasize Ukraine’s losses and predicting social demoralization.
The West is fighting against Russia until the “last Ukrainian”. This narrative was spread by pseudo-Ukrainian channels, manipulating the statements of Ukrainian government officials about the need to strengthen international aid to Ukraine.
“Banquet during the plague”: discrediting the Ukrainian ruling elite. The video about how rich Ukrainians are walking in Courchevel was distributed by all three analyzed groups of channels. The main message is that while soldiers are dying in heavy battles in Soledar, representatives of the Ukrainian elite are resting at the expense of the people.
Messages from Russian Telegram channels in Zaporizhzhia:
• The Ukrainian Armed Forces are not ready to attack the occupied part of Zaporozhye
• Everything is stable at the NPP
• Russian police are fighting drugs on TOT
• Economic integration of TOT in Russia continues successfully.