The Council of Europe has granted a grant to the Donetsk Institute of Information. These funds are intended for the production of the Weekend Digest and informational video reports on events in the southern and eastern regions of Ukraine, which are published on the website, Facebook page and YouTube channel from Donbass News.
The grant has been awarded within the framework of the Council of Europe Immediate Actions Programme/Project “Support for the safety of journalists, media and access to information”, including the communication strategy for the Office of the Prosecutor General in Ukraine. It aims to reduce the level of Russian propaganda regarding the ongoing military actions in the territories of the eastern and southern regions of Ukraine, including the temporarily occupied territories, through the dissemination of quality content describing the reality of the war on these territories; facilitate the integration of information of residents of the occupied territories of Ukraine, forcibly deported to the territory of Russia and displaced Ukrainians inside the Ukrainian information space.
To date, 20 Weekend Digests have been published with nearly 150,000 views on YouTube and 1,399,000 on Facebook. The informational stories have gained nearly 255,000 views on YouTube and 3 million views on Facebook.
The Donetsk Information Institute claims that the stories about the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in the Kherson region (more than 80,000 views) and the press release about the shelling of Ukrainian cities on October 10, 2022 (about 50,000 views) are particularly popular among viewers. The story “Forced mobilization in the Donbass. Even the sick are called up for military service” has more than 1,200,000 views on Facebook, 19,000 reactions and more than 3,000 comments.
“Support for the Ukrainian media during the war is extremely important, because even those who could win before the full-scale invasion are now losing these last opportunities. And people right now need verified information created according to the standards. After everything, not only hostile propaganda works, the number of channels on social networks that spread panic and unverified information has increased considerably. All this has a negative impact on our fellow citizens”, Yulia Didenkoeditor of the notes “News of Donbas.Video”.
The Weekend Digests, created with the support of the Council of Europe, are published every Saturday and Sunday on the YouTube channel “Donbas News” at the link.