Day 138: Russian Hacker Group Obtains Ukrainian Forces' Files; Zelenskyy Disputes Russian 'Operational Pause'

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The Facts

  • In an interview published Sun. by Russia's RIA Novosti, the Russian hacker group RaHDIt claimed that, with assistance from the all-female Ukrainian hacker group Beregini, it obtained secret operational documents from Ukraine's military. The group published the personal data of 2.5K officers from Ukraine's intelligence service, the GUR, last week.

  • Meanwhile, in his nightly address on Sun., Ukrainian Pres. Volodymyr Zelenskyy rejected reports that Russia's military was conducting an 'operational pause' after taking control of the Luhansk region. "The 34 airstrikes that Russian aircraft conducted today alone should be a clear answer to everyone who talks about this 'pause,'" he said.

The Spin

Anti-Russia narrative

This invasion is an egregious violation of international law. Putin's ultimate aim is to restore the Soviet empire, even if it takes massive bloodshed and false pretexts such as calling the 2014 Ukrainian revolution after a fraudulent election a "coup". This unprovoked attack is the latest chapter in Putin's Orwellian attempt to rewrite history.

Pro-Russia narrative

NATO and the US have ignored Russia's security concerns by breaking its promise not to expand eastward in return for German reunification. These concerns are legitimate and taking them seriously would have avoided the Ukraine tragedy.

Nerd narrative

There is a 21% chance that critical US infrastructure will be successfully attacked by Russian cyberattacks before 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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