Crimean TV stations rebroadcast Zelensky’s speech after cyber attack

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Authorities in the Crimean peninsula, annexed by Russia in 2014, reported Wednesday that several television channels in the area have rebroadcast a speech by Ukrainian President Volodimir Zelenski after suffering a cyber attack.

Oleg Kriuchkov, advisor to the governor of the area, has indicated that the channels have already «returned to normal» and pointed out that even at the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukraine «the Americans gave the Ukrainian special services access to all the codes of the main TV channels to rebroadcast via the Internet».

«Operators many times use the signal from these lines. When things go wrong on the front, Ukrainians hack the system, but most of the bugs have already been eliminated and soon they won’t be able to do it,» Kriuchkov pointed out in a message broadcast via Telegram.

Thus, he insisted that such actions are a response to the «success of Russian forces on the front line» in Ukraine. However, the authorities in the Russian region of Belgorod also reported broadcasting problems that caused Zelensky’s speech to be partially broadcast.

«There has been an unauthorized replacement of the television signal coming from a satellite, (…) but normal rebroadcasting has been quickly resumed thanks to an emergency satellite. The case is being investigated,» they said.