New Delhi: Alongside debilitating a nation pouring on it with fire and smoke, wars could take a more vicious turn with misinformation.
Given this, Ukrainians are encountering a multi-prolonged attack which might include dissemination of lies, false propaganda of surrender, stories of civil war, military switching sides to invaders and more. Both Russia and Ukraine, coming from the backdrop of World War II, are well aware of this side of the war as well.
Ukraine' Security Service earlier said that if communications and facility to check the reliability of information were lost, there would be no surrender of Ukraine's interests. The besieged authorities made the statement well before Russian missile hit the Kyiv TV tower, crippling Ukraine's communications.
With disconnecting vital communication routs, Russians would want to sending out fake reports of Ukrainian leadership throwing up hands and surrendering.
"So-called confirmation of this fake news will be distributed by allegedly signed documents, as well as filmed fake videos," the Defence Minister of Ukraine, Alexei Reznikov, had warned, Ukrainska Pravda reported.
In the chaotic war situation, little credibility could be given to most of the news spreading. Source of news matters more than what has been reported.
Anticipating moves along this line, Reznikov warned that the enemy of preparing disinformation about alleged capitulation.
"According to our information, the Russian occupiers are preparing to launch a large-scale informative and psychological operation in the near future. Its goal is to break the resistance of the Ukrainian people and the Ukrainian army using lies," Reznikov said, the report said.
In spite of being besieged and rounded up, Ukraine's authorities remain in the capital, continuing to lead the nation. The minister urged people, posting a photo of himself on the city centre, not to believe fake news.
On Tuesday afternoon, just hours after warning off civilians from capital, Russia attacked Kyiv's 1,300-ft TV tower. Russian called out the civilians to flee to safer places because strategic targets were to be bombarded.
With the two blazingly large explosions about three miles in Central Kyiv at 5.30 pm local time, the tower came under the crosshairs of Russian target. Luckily, the tower, nevertheless remained standing, broadcasts went off air, just as Ukraine anticipated.
The attack predictably sent out feelings that Kyiv was giving in under heavy bombing, just as several others cities simultaneously came under attack.