After the Russian leader Vladimir Putin amassed over 120.000 troops of the Russian army on the Ukrainian contact line and proceeded with further naval operations in the Black Sea, the central European information space has experienced a spike in disinformation attempting to delegitimize Ukraine as a sovereign state. Specifically in Slovakia, platforms known for spreading fake news, repeated narratives presenting Russia as the guardian of “friendly Slavic nations”. Pan-Slavism is a repeating leitmotif in Kremlin propaganda, broadcasted with the intent to artificially create a common identity that belongs or at least spawns of a common history within the USSR. The Kremlin considers the fall of the Soviet Union the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the 20th century and uses this narrative to create common grounds in European criticism.
Another justification attempt within the disinformation campaign continues to spread false information regarding the Russian army operations, excusing them as “defensive measures” the Kremlin must take to face “Ukrainian aggression.” Through this, Kremlin is constructing a reality within the Czechoslovak informational space for a "self-defence" argument in case of open war. These claims are supported by narratives presenting the superiority of the Russian military, insinuating that any resistance towards it is effectively pointless. In a situation concerning the geographical security of Eastern European states, as well as the general safety of the local population, these narratives, and the incentive behind their dissemination, strike as particularly alarming. In fact so alarming, that Ukraine has decided to implement a countermeasure, passing a law that makes it possible to fine entities publicly denying Russian aggression toward the country.
In this theme, the Kremlin disinformation campaign continues to depict countries from Eastern Europe as countries exploited by the West, and in need of Russian aid. The narratives of the campaign generally justify the Russian annexation of Crimea, making historically revisionist claims, such as Crimea has “always been Russian”. In essence, this completely renders the theory of “Pan-Slavism” (a recurring aspect of Kremlin propaganda), into an oxymoron. As one of the protagonists of the Czech National Revival movement of the 19th century Karel Havlíček Borovský fittingly said; “Russians like to call everything Russian Slavic, so later, they can call everything Slavic Russian”.