How to Follow the Ukraine War

American M777 howitzers used by the Ukrainian army (Ukraine Now)

Updated: August 2023
Published: March 2022

How to bypass official propaganda and disinformation.

The Ukraine war is the second major war since the beginning of the mobile internet age (the first one was and is the Syria war). Because of this, even regular citizens can completely bypass traditional news outlets – which on both sides of the war provide almost only propaganda and disinformation – and access on-the-ground war footage and analysis directly and in real-time.

While many US social media platforms and even search engines tend to censor channels that are not compliant with US/NATO war policy, the more decentralized Telegram platform continues to provide reliable access to uncensored war-related content. The following brief overview lists some of the leading English and German channels covering the Ukraine war (18+, may show war deaths).

Channels and Websites

Ukrainian/Western perspective

Russian perspective

Western journalists in Ukraine (Russian side)

German channels (both perspectives)


War casualties (caution: 18+)


(*) Sanctioned by Britain; (**) Sanctioned by Germany; (***) Sanctioned by the US.


How to bypass online censorship and manipulation. Read more.

Google: why censorship is important (January 2022)

Propaganda Narratives

Western propaganda vs. Russian propaganda (Lynn PR)

Western propaganda vs. Russian propaganda (Lynn PR)

Geopolitical Background

How developments since the 1990s have led to the Ukraine war. Read more.

Kiev: Before (left) and after (right) the EuroMaidan (February 2014)

“Extending Russia”: 2019 RAND report

A summary of “Extending Russia: Competing from Advantageous Ground” (RAND)

“Extending Russia”: Summary of 2019 RAND report (RAND)

Russian Gas Pipelines

Is Russia limiting gas flows to Europe? Read more.

Russian gas pipelines (EnergyPost/Gazprom, 2018)

The Risk of Nuclear War

How likely is a nuclear war and who would be at risk? Read more.

US and Russian nuclear weapons in Europe (CFR)

SPR Coverage of the Ukraine War



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