Russian radio stations hacked, played fake Putin message: Kremlin
Published : Monday, 5 June, 2023 at 11:01 PM Count : 503
Several Russian radio stations were hacked and played a fake President Vladimir Putin speech announcing an invasion from Kyiv's troops and emergency measures in three regions bordering Ukraine, the Kremlin said Monday, AFP reports.
The hacking comes amid several reported incursion attempts and intense shelling in southwestern Belgorod, and as Kyiv says it is preparing a long-expected counteroffensive.
The voice, very similar to Putin's, also announced martial law, general mobilisation and the evacuation of civilians in those three regions.
"This was indeed a hack," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was cited as saying by state-run agency RIA Novosti.
"Control has already been restored."
The Belgorod region administrative centre said the message was a "deep fake" aiming to "sow panic among peaceful Belgorod residents."
The Voronezh region neighbouring Belgorod also warned its residents of a "hacking of radio broadcasting frequencies" and said "there is no cause for concern."
The MIR radio station said the hacking, which it called "an absolute fake and a provocation", had lasted around 40 minutes.