Ukranian News Channel Hacked to Run Deepfake video of President Zelensky

Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have already deleted the deepfake video in which fake Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was urging Ukrainians to surrender to Russia.

On March 16th, the Ukrainian news outlet, Ukraine 24, posted an update on Facebook that a message from the Ukrainian president added to its broadcast was fake. The outlet confirmed that the video appeared after the network got hacked.

It is worth noting that this deepfake video appeared on multiple social media platforms and was widely circulated online. 

The hack goes on to show that while Anonymous hackers are taking over Russian TV stations to telecast pro-Ukraine content, those in favor of President Putin are also not far behind from their opposition.

Content of the Video

In a poorly done video, the Ukrainian premier stood behind a presidential podium wearing a green-colored shirt. The backdrop in front of him featured the country’s coat of arms. Zelensky addressed in the Ukrainian language, informing the citizens to surrender to Russia and put their weapons down. The video appeared on social media on March 15th, 2022.

Screenshot from the now deleted deepfake video of President Zelensky

Here’s the English translation of Ukraine 24’s message informing that the Today website

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