Ukraine requests space intelligence data from Madrid
After Google disabled some maps tools for Ukraine, EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said that Ukraine requested space intelligence data.
EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said on Monday that Ukraine asked for space intelligence information and that a satellite center in Madrid will "work on that" request.
"Ukraine has been asking also support for geo special intelligence, and we are mobilizing our satellite center which is placed in Madrid to work on that," Borrell said in a press conference after the informal video conference of EU defense ministers.
On Sunday, Google confirmed that it has temporarily disabled some Google maps tools for Ukraine. Some of these tools provide real-time information about traffic conditions and busy streets, according to Reuters.
The tech company claimed that it has taken this decision for the safety of communities in the country after consulting regional authorities and more.
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On Thursday, social media users falsified video game footage depicting a close battle between two fighter aircraft, saying the film showed the Ukrainian air force shooting down a Russian fighter jet.
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry also posted the clip with the false caption.
The footage is from the digital battlefield game Digital Combat Simulator, according to YouTube user "Comrade Corb", who posted it on February 24.
“This footage is from DCS," the user stated without identifying themselves. The movement of the video's point of view is smooth, much as in a game.
In an email, the user told AP that “the video was made with 100% Digital Combat Simulator (DCS) footage as stated in the video’s description,” confirming that the audio was added from other videos during the military operation in Ukraine.
Anti-Russian propaganda bombards internet users
Like the falsified video game footage depicting a close battle between two fighter aircraft, saying the film showed the Ukrainian air force shooting down a Russian fighter jet, much of the circulating footage online regarding Ukraine and Russia is older footage being used to bombard users with anti-Russian propaganda.
TikTok videos, propagandized headlines, and tweets pinging out across screens around the world are confounding millions about how this war is actually playing out on the ground and depicting Ukraine as the victim when in reality, it is responsible for the ongoing shelling of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics.
Russian Defense Ministry Spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov revealed Saturday that Ukrainian nationalist battalions are copying the tactics of international terrorists in Syria, and yet, the public outcry against Russian troops paints them as invaders, not defenders.