Incident 198: Deepfake Video of Ukrainian President Yielding to Russia Posted on Ukrainian Websites and Social Media

Description: A quickly-debunked deepfaked video of the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was posted on various Ukrainian websites and social media platforms encouraging Ukrainians to surrender to Russian forces during the Russia-Ukraine war.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by hackers, which harmed Ukrainian social media users , Ukrainian public and Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

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Sean McGregor, Khoa Lam
Russian War Report: Hacked news program and deepfake video spread false Zelenskyy claims · 2022

Hacked news program and deepfake video spread false Zelenskyy claims

A national news broadcast on the television channel Ukraine 24 was breached by hackers on March 16. The program’s news ticker was hacked to display messages to appear as t…

Bad Deepfake of Zelenskyy Shared on Ukraine News Site in Reported Hack · 2022

A poorly done deepfake video of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy asking civilians to lay down their arms to the Russian military was circulated on social media in March 2022. In addition to getting some views on social media, a summa…

Facebook and YouTube say they removed Zelensky deepfake · 2022

Facebook and YouTube said Wednesday that they removed uploads of a deepfake video of Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky that purported to show him yielding to Russia.

The deepfake spread widely online Wednesday, as noticed earlier by Vic…

Hacked News Channel and Deepfake of Zelenskyy Surrendering Is Causing Chaos Online · 2022

Broadcast news outlet Ukraine 24 was allegedly hacked on Wednesday, and a video of a faked President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is spreading on social media.

A Ukrainian television news outlet claims that its live broadcast and website were hacked…

Hackers Deepfaked a Video of the Ukrainian President Telling His Soldiers to Surrender · 2022

A deepfake video of Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenksy calling on his country’s troops to surrender to Russian forces reportedly made it onto a hacked Ukrainian news site today after going viral on Facebook, The Daily Dot reports.



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