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Centre for Countering Disinformation uncovers Russian campaign to discredit C-n-C Syrskyy

Russian special services created his fake pages in social media.

Centre for Countering Disinformation uncovers Russian campaign to discredit C-n-C Syrskyy
Photo: Centre for Countering Disinformation

The Centre for Countering Disinformation under the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine has said that, together with the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), uncovered a large-scale Russian campaign to discredit Ukrainian Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyy.

Russia is spreading fakes about the situation at the front and about the Commander-in-Chief to influence the military's morale. Russia is promoting destructive messages through a network of fake accounts on Facebook, Instagram, X and Telegram created by Russian special services.

The Centre also reported that the information warfare units of the Russian special services have recently become significantly more active both in Ukraine and in NATO member states.

The official page of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Oleksandr Syrskyy, can be found here.

Sources in law enforcement agencies shared a list of fake accounts pretending to be the commander-in-chief:


Low-active channel, created on 11 February 2024:

A fake account created on 14 January 2024:

Telegram - created on 11 July 2023, has been active since 26 January 2024, duplicates the official channel. - created on 12 March 2022, duplicates the official channel - "Has Syrskyy been found?". A Russian provocative account created on 12 March 2022 (interestingly, the date coincides with the creation of the previous one). It promoted the idea that no-one had seen Syrsky for a long time. One of the posts has a photo and a narrative similar to the FB account for the fake news above - created on 24 January 2024 - only one post and one follower, the channel was created on 14 February 2024 to advertise the channel - the same as the previous one, but promotes the channel

Instagram - a fresh unverified account with 3,183 followers - closed account.

Twitter - unverified account, 531 followers - fresh fake account

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