Ukraine hacks into call of Russia-supporting Ukrainians to charge them with treason and blast anthem

Ukrainian security services hacked into a video call between Moscow and their Ukrainian supporters to tell them they have all been charged with treason – before storming them with a rendition of the Ukrainian national anthem.

A video posted online appears to show a Ukrainian official interrupting a call attended by several representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, an area in the Donetsk region currently led by supporters of the Russian regime.

While not officially verified by government figures, those on the video certainly seemed convinced it was real as they rushed to turn off their cameras and leave the conference call.

It comes as the bodies of two Britons were handed over by Russian troops on Saturday as part of a large-scale prisoner exchange.

In a translation posted below the video, the moderator can be heard asking, “Donetsk People’s Republic, who is with us?”

The official allegedly hacked the conference call between Moscow and some of his supporters in Ukraine’s Donetsk region

The beginning of a list of those taking part in the call is then read, and includes colleagues, Gortsev Dmitry Anatolyevich, Interior Minister, Deputy Medical Minister Martinov, and two individuals named Anastasia and Lenin.

Seconds later, the person filming the meeting interrupts the conference call and announces himself as a member of the Ukrainian security services.

The man tells those present: ‘Ukraine’s security service has identified and traced you all.

“You are all on the international search list starting tomorrow.

“You will all be held accountable under Section 111 of the Criminal Code, State Treason.”

When the man finishes speaking, the national anthem of Ukraine begins to play loudly.

While difficult to independently substantiate whether this was indeed an operation by the Ukrainian security services, those on the Zoom call certainly seemed convinced.

Participants quickly turned off their video feeds and began to leave the conversation, after initially being somewhat skeptical about the interruption.

During The First Few Seconds Of The Interruption, The Interlocutors Looked Confused And Skeptical

During the first few seconds of the interruption, the interlocutors looked confused and skeptical

As The Official Continued With His Announcement, More And More Participants Turned Off Their Cameras

As the official continued with his announcement, more and more participants turned off their cameras

Attacks Have Ravaged The Donetsk Region Of Ukraine Since The Start Of The War A Year Ago (Photo: Destroyed Apartment Buildings In Chasiv Yar, Donetsk)

Attacks have ravaged the Donetsk region of Ukraine since the start of the war a year ago (Photo: destroyed apartment buildings in Chasiv Yar, Donetsk)

By The End Of The Clip, Hardly Anyone Was Calling As The Ukrainian National Anthem Continued To Play

By the end of the clip, hardly anyone was calling as the Ukrainian national anthem continued to play

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Russian defense officials have released video footage they say shows the return of Russian troops as part of Saturday’s prisoner swap

Ukrainian Soldiers On A Tank In The Donetsk Region, Saturday, February 4

Ukrainian soldiers on a tank in the Donetsk region, Saturday, February 4

Article 111 of the Ukrainian Penal Code prohibits the supply of material resources to armed Russian units in temporarily occupied Ukrainian territory, involving economic activities in cooperation with Russia, is punishable by a fine or imprisonment of three to five years.

There are even more penalties on it citizens of Ukraine who voluntarily occupy a position related to the fulfillment of organizational, administrative or economic functions in ‘authorities established by the occupying power’ and who participate in the organization and conduct of illegal elections or referenda in the temporarily occupied territory.

An even more severe prison sentence of 12-15 years can be imposed on Ukrainians who cooperate with Russian judicial or law enforcement agencies, participate in illegal military formations established by Russia on Ukrainian territory, or assist in conducting combat operations against the armed forces of Ukraine.

The video emerged as it was announced that the bodies of two Britons were handed over from Russia on Saturday as part of a massive prisoner exchange.

The bodies of the pair, killed while trying to help evacuate people after fierce fighting in Ukraine, have been recovered, Kiev officials said Saturday.

Chris Parry, 28, and Andrew Bagshaw, 47, were volunteering in Soledar, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine, when their vehicle was reportedly hit by a shell.

The two were returned to Ukrainian authorities as part of a wider exchange, with Kiev taking 116 prisoners and Russia taking 63.

“We succeeded in returning the bodies of the dead foreign volunteers,” President Volodymyr Zelensky’s chief of staff Andriy Yermak said, naming them the two British men.

Bagshaw was a research scientist in genetics, but had volunteered as an aid worker in Ukraine since last April.

His remains are expected to be returned to New Zealand, where he and his family lived.

The Parry family said he had previously worked as a software engineer.

Concerns about their fate had grown after the head of the Russian mercenary group Wagner, which helped capture Soledar from Ukrainian forces, said on January 11 that one of the missing men’s bodies had been found there.

Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin had also published photos online of passports appearing to belong to Parry and Bagshaw, which he claimed had been found with the corpses.

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