The Russian command complains about the strengthening of informational influence on the Russian military exerted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Ukrainian special services (information warfare, agitation, propaganda). This is stated in the “Extract from the Order of the Deputy Commander of the Western Military District for Military And Political Work,” which the occupying command sent to military units.

The document states that “commanders of all ranks have faced opposition from personnel” who express dissatisfaction with the war in Ukraine. According to the Russian command, the responsibility for the decline in motivation and panic of the military rests with the Internet and popular messengers.

The authors of the document complain that the main ways of influencing the Russian military are: “influencing historical memory (distorting historical facts of Russian history), manipulating opinions through agents of influence,” as well as the dissemination of false (in the opinion of the occupiers) information about the events and the situation in the combat zone.

As means of counteraction, an order was given to take measures to “limit the access of personnel to the telecommunications and information network Internet from personal mobile devices with enhanced multimedia capacities.”

In the opinion of the occupiers, the use of modern technologies leads to an increase in the theft of documents with a restrictive mark “For official use.” Therefore, it is possible to fight against this phenomenon only by increasing the level of control over access to information and communication in messengers.

Pursuant to the command instructions, the Russian military will either be banned from using the Internet, or all messages and any information posted on the Internet will be strictly censored.

The very fact of the appearance of such a document testifies to the effectiveness of the Ukrainian information troops in counteracting the agitation of the occupiers.

Natalia Tolub

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