Cover Osteuropa 3-4/2019

In Osteuropa 3-4/2019

Recruitment, legitimisation, discreditation
The “public relations work” of the battalions in the Donbas

Kostiantyn Fedorenko

Deutsche Fassung


In armed conflicts and wars, the media play an important role. This is also true of the war in eastern Ukraine. The conflicting parties are attempting to use the media for their own purposes. They propagate their political and military position, agitate their own population and attempt to discredit their opponents. In so doing, they aim to legitimise their actions, to mobilise ideological and material support and to recruit fighters. Social media outlets are gaining in importance.

(Osteuropa 3-4/2019, pp. 177–184)