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Broadcasting a fake Putin speech on radio stations after a “hack”


Russian news agencies quoted the Kremlin as saying that a radio speech broadcast by Russian stations in regions bordering Ukraine yesterday, claiming that it was for President Vladimir Putin, was a fake speech, and was the result of a hacking operation.

The state-owned Russian Information Agency said that a number of radio stations had broadcast the speech.

“All these messages are completely fake,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said, according to the agency. Russian independent media said the letter informed residents of the Rostov, Belgorod and Voronezh regions, all of which border Ukraine, that Kiev’s forces had crossed into Russia.

She added that that fake speech contained, in contrast to the truth, the declaration of martial law in the border areas, the start of a military mobilization at the level of Russia for the war with Ukraine, and the demand of the population to evacuate larger areas on the Russian borders. In a statement posted on Telegram, the local Voronezh region authorities confirmed the hack.