Counter-intelligence officers from Ukraine’s SBU security service have exposed an interregional network of Kremlin propagandists who spread fake news about the war and called on citizens to cooperate with the Russian invaders, the agency tweeted on Aug. 9.
In addition, on the instructions of the Russian Defense Ministry, the perpetrators developed provocative leaflets in support of the Russian invaders and distributed them in the front-line territories, the SBU said.
A production designer at a local television channel in Kharkiv Oblast turned out to be a Kremlin agent, who, using 20 years of professional experience, developed leaflet layouts and video clips aimed at providing “moral and psychological support” of Russian troops.
Several more members of the propaganda network were exposed in Dnipropetrovsk and Rivne oblasts.
At the same time, in addition to spreading anti-Ukrainian content, one of them promoted communist ideas and spread totalitarian symbols banned in Ukraine.
“Currently, all of the exposed members of the network have been charged with crimes against the state security of Ukraine,” the SBU said.
“The issue of applying a measure of restraint in the form of detention is being considered.”