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Ukraine’s Security Service exposes 2,600 online communities that spread Covid-19 fakes

Source : 112 Ukraine

Besides, the law enforcers noted that 18 of the exposed perpetrators acted on the assignment of the Russian side
18:23, 1 June 2020

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The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) exposed over 2,600 internet communities, which spread fakes about the coronavirus epidemic. Particularly, 385 people, who spread false information, were exposed, as the SBU reported.

“During the action of the quarantine measures, the cyber specialists of the Security Service of Ukraine blocked over 2,600 communities with more than a million of subscribers, exposed 385 online agitators who spread various fakes about Covid-19 epidemic,” the message said.

Besides, the law enforcers noted that 18 of the exposed perpetrators acted on the assignment of the Russian side. Such agitators worked in Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipro, Lviv, Kherson, Poltava, Kropyvnytsky, Konotop, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytsky and Zhashkiv.

Related: Russia spreads fakes about Covid-19 to harm West, - EU document

The criminal proceedings are opened against them for the actions aiming for an attack on territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, overthrowing by violent means or seizure of state power.

Particularly, a citizen of the Odesa region regularly posted the urges to join the western regions to the state bordering on Ukraine. According to the SBU, he got the posts from propaganda online agencies and websites of Russia.

Information about another 367 spreaders of fakes was filed to the National Police. 160 people are held administratively liable for the spread of false rumors, which may cause panic or violation of the public order.

Related: Pentagon blames Russia with spreading fakes about Covid-19

As we reported earlier, since the beginning of lockdown in Ukraine, the law enforcers have checked 344 reports on possible illegal actions, particularly online fraud during the purchase of personal protective equipment. 

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