The broadcast of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy's address in Crimea on 29 November was made possible by the Ukrainian intelligence service GUR, UP has learnt from a source.
An intelligence source told journalists that people in Crimea should listen to Zelenskyy, not the Russian occupiers. A set of measures is being implemented to restore Ukrainian sovereignty, in particular in the information space, on the peninsula occupied by Russia.
"This is a Ukrainian peninsula, and there should be addresses by the Ukrainian president, not the Russian occupiers," the source said.
Yesterday, all IPTV channels in Crimea broadcast Zelenskyy's address. They also broadcast the addresses of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Valeriy Zaluzhnyy and the head of the Main Intelligence Directorate, Kyrylo Budanov. Local residents noticed them at around 21:30 (20:30 Kyiv time). Then the occupiers switched off the broadcast and replaced it with a "black screen".
This is not the first time that Crimean channels have been hacked: in October 2022, Crimeans were shown footage of the destruction of Russian Black Sea Fleet ships, and in November they were told about Russia's true losses in the war.