The Spanish-language arm of Russia’s global television network, RT en Español, took to Facebook to challenge the facts of the attack. On its account, available across much of Central and South America and even in the United States, the network posted a video statement from a military spokesman.

When Russia’s war in Ukraine began, Facebook, Twitter and other social media giants moved to block or limit the reach of the Kremlin's propaganda machine. A video released by the Ukrainian government, and survivors of the attack interviewed on the ground by The New York Times, showed otherwise.

Russian propaganda and disinformation continues to try to justify President Vladimir V. Putin’s unprovoked invasion. The effort, though, has been limited by geography and language, creating a patchwork of restrictions rather than a blanket ban. The result has been a geographical and cultural asymmetry in the information war over Ukraine.

Lawmakers urge companies to do more to block Russia’s Spanish outlets. RT en Español and Sputnik Mundo have been spreading accusations that the United States is manufacturing biological weapons in Ukraine. Disinformation experts say the oversights reveal flaws in the platforms’ international operations.

Russian disinformation is flowing freely in parts of the world where the war in Ukraine is viewed in less stark, good-versus-evil terms. Polls have shown that Mr. Putin remains a reviled world leader, suggesting that the Kremlin’s efforts have not yet translated into significant improvement in global support for the invasion.
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