Russia, as the aggressor state, has prepared another information operation to discredit Ukraine and its military and political leadership, namely the tragedy at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station.
Source: press service of the Defence Intelligence of Ukraine
Quote: “The joint efforts of Ukraine’s intelligence community have provided information that a Russian social design agency has launched a new stage of a campaign to discredit the Ukrainian military command and statesmen.
As part of this campaign, a number of provocative materials have been prepared, which, according to the authors, should shift responsibility for the undermining of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station dam onto Ukraine and create the preconditions for a political crisis.”
Details: According to the Defence Intelligence, the prepared headlines are of a so-called “clickbait” nature, containing direct accusations against the military and political leadership, in particular, the President of Ukraine, such as:
– “If I can’t have you, no one can! Desperate to succeed in a possible offensive, Zelenskyy turned to scorched earth tactics, but directed it against his people.”
– “The explosion of the dam should ‘wash away’ Zelenskyy”;
– “Zelenskyy is doing everything to stop being ‘our bastard'”;
– “Blowing up the dam will drown Zelenskyy and Ukraine”.
Comments from fake accounts will be posted under each story, allegedly on behalf of Ukrainian and foreign readers. They are supposed to create the impression of a “live” discussion and engage real users of the network in the discussion.
According to Defence Intelligence, the project’s current budget is about US$6 million, with the possibility of further increase.