Eyes on Russia: Report 10
The Centre for Information Resilience’s “Eyes on Russia” Project maps, documents and verifies significant incidents related to Russian aggression toward Ukraine.
CIR investigators collate, geolocate, and verify information appearing on social media and claims made by parties to the conflict. Our latest findings can always be found on this Twitter thread.
The summary of Report 10 is below; or you can download the full report below.
Report 10 Summary
Since 1 June, the Eyes on Russia team observed an increase in the intensity of battles between Ukrainian and Russian forces over the city of Severodonetsk, as Russia seeks to capture Eastern Ukraine.
As part of the Russian attacks on Severodonetsk, all bridges have been destroyed, preventing the crucial evacuation of civilians from the conflict zone.
Civilians have been sheltering in the Azot chemical plant in Severodonetsk amidst growing fears of a similar situation to the previous Russian attacks on the Azovstal in Mariupol.
An often-overlooked element in the ongoing invasion of Ukraine is the effects and losses suffered by Ukrainian zoos and captive wildlife. CIR has published a report that examines the suffering in zoos across Ukraine. The full report can be found here.
In the information sphere, CIR has noted several developments:
On 8 June, three foreign nationals, including two Britons, were sentenced to death by a court in Russian-occupied Eastern Ukraine. Although they were serving members of the Ukrainian Marines, and so should have been under the protection of the Geneva Convention, disinformation narratives have attempted to justify their sentencing and portray them as foreign mercenaries.
Since the beginning of the invasion, CIR has observed the circulation of Kremlin-aligned narratives by a variety of personalities on social media platforms. This report examines Gonzalo-Lira, Graham Philips, Patrick Lancaster and their growing follower base, and their infiltration of the information space.