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Russians spread fakes on TikTok about new offensive on Kharkiv and Sumy

Russians spread fakes on TikTok about new offensive on Kharkiv and Sumy Photo: Russians spreading a new fake on TikTok (Getty Images)

Russian propagandists are spreading another fake on social media. Russians are trying to scare Ukrainians by allegedly preparing for an offensive on Kharkiv and Sumy, according to the Center for Countering Disinformation.

Propagandists are actively spreading messages about the creation of the Sever military group, which is supposedly tasked with occupying Kharkiv and Sumy.

“The attack on the TV tower in Kharkiv is also about panic, about a digital signal that they will try to jam with their airwaves. Similarly, the message about the attack is intimidation. The Sever grouping of troops is planned to be increased to 46 thousand. Equipment - up to 1000 units. This is not enough for an offensive. This grouping will exist for the time being to hold back a part of our troops,” explained Lieutenant Andrii Kovalenko, head of the Center for Countering Disinformation.

He said the first wave of “fear propaganda” failed - Kharkiv residents did not leave the city. According to Kovalenko, the Russians became more active before May-June, but an enemy offensive on Kharkiv and Sumy is impossible. All they can do is imitate the border and shoot.

Russians spread fake videos on TikTok and then spread them on Viber and Telegram.

Russians may intensify shelling

Earlier, the Ukrainian Air Force warned that Russians would intensify shelling of Ukraine. According to a spokesperson for the Air Force, the most vulnerable to enemy attacks are the frontline regions and areas near the border with Russia.

At the same time, analysts at the Institute for the Study of War (ISW) also believe that Russians may intensify attacks against Ukraine. In their opinion, the enemy may target transportation infrastructure and military logistics.

In addition, in March 2024, Russian troops resumed shelling Ukraine's energy sector.