Russia will focus on disrupting mobilization in Ukraine and delegitimizing state leadership — defense intel

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Russian hybrid attacks in the media space will target disrupting the ongoing mobilization effort and delegitimizing the Ukrainian military and political leadership in the eyes of average Ukrainian citizens.

That’s according to Andrii Yusov, the spokesman for the Defense Ministry’s Main Intelligence Directorate, Ukrinform reports.

“The enemy continues its attempts to influence the media space within our state. This will also apply to disrupting the mobilization campaign and attempting to delegitimize the Ukrainian military and political leadership, which, of course, must be countered at various levels,” the spokesman said.

According to Yusov, “separate large groups are working and serious budgets have been allocated” to social media, new media, and digital platforms by Russians.

“The Russian psyop is actively present on various digital platforms. This requires an additional response from our government,” the intelligence representative said.

Currently, the Ukrainian government is in touch with the administration of the TikTok platform to solve the issues of Russian propaganda.

“I’d note that there is contact at the government level with the administration of the TikTok platform, and dialogue is underway. I am also convinced there’ll be results,” Yusov commented on the matter.

Kyrylo Budanov, head of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, also proposed measures to avoid risks related to the Telegram social media such as registration of channels’ owners to see who manages Telegram channels as they’ve become a major source of information in Ukraine.

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