Russian President Vladimir Putin recently prepared to address the nation during the annual Victory Day parade commemorating Nazi Germany’s defeat in WWII. Just before his speech, local television menus got reportedly hacked. Programs with descriptions on smart TVs replaced by an anti war message.
According to the BBC, major channels such as Channel One, Rossiya-1, and NTV-Plus were affected. According to the Washington Post, the same line appeared on Yandex’s platforms, as well as RuTube, Russia’s answer to YouTube.
The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of murdered children is on your hands. The media and the authorities are both lying. No war.
According to Reuters, it was unclear how the messages appeared today. In March, the hacking collective Anonymous claimed responsibility for hacking into several outlets in order to broadcast footage from Ukraine’s war. As the war raged on, the Kremlin strictly controlled Russians’ access to independent and social media in the country.
Despite speculation that Putin would make a major announcement during his speech, none was made. According to the New York Times, he called Russia’s invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation” and said it was “the inevitable, timely, and only correct decision.” Check out the tweets below.
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