First Six Months of War from Ukrainian Topic and Sentiment Analysis

Clara Maathuis, Iddo Kerkhof

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Through technological advancements as well as due to societal trends and developments, social media became an active part and a catalysator of the ongoing conflicts and wars carried out in the physical environment. A direct example on this behalf are the cyber/information operations currently conducted in conjunction with the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war. Due to such operations packaged in social media manipulation mechanisms like disinformation and misinformation using techniques such as controversies, fake news, and deep fakes, a high degree of confusion and uncertainty surrounds the events happened and users' behaviour and beliefs. These operations also impact the civilians directly affected in the battlefield or their dear and known ones. To tackle this issue, currently limited scientific and objective effort is dedicated in this direction due to, e.g., data, strategic, and emotional implications. It is then the aim of this research to capture the main topics discussed and the feeling expressed by Ukrainian Telegram users on the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war in 2022 using a Data Science approach by building a series of Machine Learning models based on multi-channel data collected in the first six of months of war. Accordingly, this research directly aims to contribute to efforts on understanding real discourses and dynamics involved in the ongoing conflict through direct resources, producing and sustaining social media security awareness, and building resilience to social media manipulation campaigns using AI.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 10th European Conference on Social Media, ECSM 2023
EditorsIwona Lupa-Wojcik, Marta Czyzewska
PublisherAcademic Conferences Ltd
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781914587665
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event10th European Conference on Social Media, ECSM 2023 - Krakow, Poland
Duration: 18 May 202319 May 2023

Publication series

SeriesProceedings of the 10th European Conference on Social Media, ECSM 2023


Conference10th European Conference on Social Media, ECSM 2023
Abbreviated titleECSM 2023


  • information operations
  • machine learning
  • sentiment analysis
  • Telegram
  • topic modelling
  • Ukraine war


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