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    Hacktivists from CyberBerkut leaked information claiming that the United States helped Ukraine to come up with a new radio station designed to turn the residents of the self-proclaimed Donbass republics pro-Kiev. The project was also supposed to spread panic and separatist ideas within Russia.

    Art of Manipulation: Kiev to Create Project to Indoctrinate Donbass

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    Hacktivists from CyberBerkut leaked information claiming that the United States helped Ukraine to come up with a new radio station designed to turn the residents of the self-proclaimed Donbass republics pro-Kiev. The project was also supposed to spread panic and separatist ideas within Russia.

    Together with the United States, Kiev created a new project designed to gain support of the population in the self-proclaimed Donbass republics through psychological manipulation and disinformation, Ukrainian hacktivist group CyberBerkut claimed.

    The new radio project, codenamed "Free Donbass," was created by US experts to swing the people of the independent Donbas republics towards supporting the government in Kiev.

    "The goal is to create a radio station, which besides music will give people 'the proper' and beneficial information to the Kiev junta," a statement on the CyberBerkut website said.

    Radios tuned into the station's frequency, will be distributed to Donbass residents as humanitarian aid. NATO used the similar technique in Iraq, which proved to be successful, the hacker group said.

    Besides indoctrinating the residents of Donbass and turning them pro-Kiev, the project aims to spread panic and separatist ideas within Russia, discredit the current government in Moscow, turn the Russian population against their own ruling elite and appeal for decisive revolutionary actions.

    At the same time, the hackers claim that the "Free Donbass" project will work towards undermining Russia's relations with its close allies, namely Belarus and Kazakhstan, turning them against Moscow.

    CyberBerkut is a group of hackers opposed to the current government in Kiev. Since the start of the conflict in Ukraine, the group has conducted a series of high-profile hacks. It has previously reported on the details of US plans to send arms to Ukraine, released information revealing the high casualty figures among the Ukrainian army, information about snipers on Maidan Square, and Victoria Nuland's famous "F**k the EU!" exchange with US Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt.

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    separatism, propaganda war, information warfare, leaked documents, "Free Donbass", CyberBerkut, Donbass, Ukraine, Russia
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