As it turned out, buildings in the Ukrainian capital are being marked by Russian “saboteurs” in order to spread fear and panic among the population.
“Frightening images” have surfaced showing “apartment buildings in Kyiv with red crosses on the roofs.” The sun reports, while a video circulating on social media allegedly shows “a pro-Russian marking the location of a gas pipe on a high-rise apartment building for Moscow’s forces to target for maximum devastation.”
The Kyiv local authority said on its Telegram channel that “residents of high-rise buildings who have access to the roof” should “urgently check the roof for signs,” adding that covering it with dirt or other materials makes them responsible for the would make Russian forces invisible.
But the marks are just one of the tactics used to try to gain the upper hand in a psychological war.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has accused Russia of trying to spread “terror” after rockets hit the country BBC described as “the cultural heart” of Kharkiv on Monday. the Attack on Freedom SquareEurope’s second largest city center square.
“There were no military targets on the square – not even in the residential areas of Kharkiv, which came under rocket artillery fire,” said Zelenskyy about the attack.
The marking of residential buildings in the capital has led to this fears that attacks on non-military targets could soon be launched in Kyiv. As a result, citizens are being urged by the government to “use social media to report suspicious activity” to city authorities, The Sun said.
In addition to the red crosses, “lights tuned to specific color frequencies” and devices that “can act as direction finders,” the newspaper reported, are also being used. “Small transmitters,” also believed to be the work of Russian agents, have also appeared “at major crossroads and infrastructure sites.”
The message has spread to civilians. Anastasia Russo, a Kyiv resident, told the Associated Press, “A lot of people are walking the streets, even children, looking for these marks…we’re doing everything we can to cover them up.”
Nika Melkozerova, Editor-in-Chief of The New Voice of Ukraine, tweeted that their neighbors have also started checking their roofs regularly, adding: “Our intelligence says saboteurs leave marks for air strikes on the roofs of high-rise buildings in Kyiv.”
Rumors spread across the country about Russian “saboteurs” being dispatched to Kyiv the Kremlin to assassinate President Zelenskyyforeign journalists on the ground began to describe an atmosphere of tense suspicion.
The government imposed a curfew and warned citizens they would be “liquidated” if caught on the street during the citywide lockdown. The stark warning meant people are “on high alert for Russian agents hiding among them.” Politically reported.
Stories of “Russian agents posing as Ukrainians – even in stolen Ukrainian army uniforms – fuel both suspicion and a heightened sense of solidarity,” the website reads. But this solidarity is “accompanied by a growing suspicion that someone is behaving strangely – for example taking photos or asking too many questions”.
Lily Hyde, a Politico reporter in the besieged city, described how their pockets, bags and documents were checked by “embarrassingly polite” police officers before being ordered to leave an air raid shelter as their “presence worried locals”.
Evidence suggests Russia did indeed send mercenaries to the capital, insiders say The times that the Wagner Group, a private paramilitary organization, has sent more than 400 activists to Kyiv in recent months.
But the effect of the request to “watch out for Russian sabotage and infiltration groups,” Politico said, was “immediate.”
Russia is also using manipulation tactics at home The guard reports that “false claims about genocide and pro-Nazi authorities in Kyiv” are among the “most common untruths” that are pushed sell the war to the Russian people.
NewsGuarda US-based organization that monitors the credibility of news and information websites found that unfounded claims by Russian-speaking residents in Donbass that they were “subject to genocide” and “Polish-speaking saboteurs” trying to “install a chlorine plant bombing in the Donbass” are the most frequently cited justifications for the invasion.
Allegations that Ukrainian forces “bombed a kindergarten in Luhansk,” an attack actually carried out by Russian separatist forces, and that “nazism is rife in Ukrainian politics and society” also exist commonly made in Russian state-controlled media.
CNN Senior media reporter Oliver Darcy said that after watching “several hours” of ‘Russian television’ he was ‘impressed by how brazenly his hosts and personalities worked to mislead his audience and distract from the problems at hand“.
The design of the conflict tries to portray Russia as a “liberator” and not even “necessarily an aggressor,” he said.
“Russia Today has even made it a point to portray Russia as a country that cares deeply about humanitarian issues,” with headlines like: “Russian Schools Welcome Hundreds of Schoolchildren from Donbass.”
Ukrainian officials are fighting back against this framing, using “viral posts” to “shape public opinion and compel Western governments to act.” The economist called.
Even before the war broke out, President Zelenskyy was “one of the most followed heads of state” in the world on Twitter and uses his platform to “catch the attention of both international and domestic audiences”.
Ministers and officials have “followed Zelenskyy’s example” by posting and promoting “viral content” that Ukrainian cause on timelines around the world.
Given the conflict raging in Ukraine’s major cities, the content of these posts can often seem “frivolous.” But “the battle for online likes and shares is part of a strategy to shape the views of Western voters and their governments,” the newspaper added.
https://www.theweek.co.uk/news/world-news/russia/955961/the-psychological-war-between-russia-and-ukraine The psychological war between Russia and Ukraine