Technology has been rigorously employed in the ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war, some say more than in any previous conflict, with television, radio and, of course, social media being used by both sides to underscore their contrasting messages. On several occasions this has also been used to humiliate the opposition, mainly through hacking.
The most recent example of this saw a Russian radio station hacked into playing Ukrainian anti-war songs.
Journalist Christo Grozev wrote in a post on Twitter just before noon (BST) that Kommersant FM was playing a “sequence” of Ukrainian songs.
He also played “anti-war songs in the Russian language”.
He urged his followers to “listen while you still can”.
BBC’s Francis Scarr added that the “patriotic Ukrainian song” Ой у лузі червона калина was playing on the station.
It roughly translates to “In the meadow, a red kalyna”, this being a shrub.
The song refers to a red kalyna that has been “bent down” but insists that “glorious Ukraine” will “lift her up”.
He adds that Ukraine has a “free people” who are “marching forward…in a bloody melee” to free their “brothers” from “hostile shackles”.
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He noted, however, that the hack only impacted his online stream.
Some of the journalist’s supporters said it was “unfortunate”.
Last month, on “Victory Day”, when Russians commemorate the end of World War II, the programming page of the public television channel Channel One Russia was also hacked and replaced the name of each program with an anti-war message.
Mr. Scarr translated this as follows: “On your hands is the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and their hundreds of murdered children.
“Television and the authorities lie. No to war.
Perhaps the most well-known intrusion into the Russian propaganda machine so far in the war was when a television editor at the time burst onto the screens while reporting, holding a banner that read “no war”.
The producers quickly faded the report to another screen, but not before Marina Ovsyannikova’s message was seen.