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People line up to receive free lunch from the Food For All Africa organization during a distribution exercise in vulnerable communities in Accra, Ghana June 3, 2022. Picture taken June 3, 2022. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

People line up to receive free lunch from the Food For All Africa organization during a distribution exercise in vulnerable communities in Accra, Ghana June 3, 2022. Picture taken June 3, 2022. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

People line up to receive free lunch from the Food For All Africa organization during a distribution exercise in vulnerable communities in Accra, Ghana June 3, 2022. Picture taken June 3, 2022. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

European governments have been alarmed by a Russian disinformation campaign that seeks to deflect criticism that President Vladimir Putin's war with Ukraine risks leaving millions of people in Africa facing famine.

Russian diplomats have gone on a media offensive in recent months to push the narrative that sanctions, rather than Russian blockades, are causing shortages of grains and fertilizer in Africa.


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