The project Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDoSecrets) released hacked documents, namely mailing from Russia, that contain evidence of Russia’s aggression against Ukraine, as it was announced. This new information leak will possibly confirm the assumptions and actually point at the Russian aggression against Ukraine. Hromadske TV devoted a week to analyze over 100GB of the leaked information. UCMC gives a brief summary
of this analysis.
Destabilizing the situation in Ukraine’s regions in 2014-2016.
Leaked information contains e-mails and documents on Russia destabilizing the situation in Ukraine’s regions throughout 2014-2016. The regions in question are Kharkiv, Odesa, Dnipro, Zaporizhzhia, Kherson and Mykolayiv.
The above materials demonstrate that users of mailboxes on Russian domains were paying money to hire individuals in Ukraine’s regions to hold rallies, create social media groups tasked to provoke, establish NGOs with patriotic names and slogans, they also paid to have certain articles published in Ukrainian media as well as were setting up small media of their own.
Each action was budgeted, a report was filed after it was completed. One of the NGOs featured in the mailing is “Kolokol” (The Bell). According to the legal entities’ registry the organization is chaired by Yuriy Kovalyov residing in Glukhiv, Sumy region.
Analysis of the correspondence brings to the conclusion that the owner of the mailbox email@example.com
(possibly in use by Vladislav Surkov’s deputy Inal Ardzinbi) was overseeing and financing the separatist projects including “Slobozhanshchyna”, “Porto-Franco”, “People’s Republic of Bessarabia” and “People’s Republic of Nikolaiev”. The mailbox owner also contributed to the setup of groups that were to draft the changes to Ukraine’s Constitution.
The hackers also released the correspondence of the igo-strelko_yandex_ru.mbox domain owner. The mailboxcould be possibly owned by Igor Strelkov who was in charge of the militants in Sloviansk and later headed the so-called “people’s resistance forces” in Donetsk and the so-called “army” of the “DPR”. In the correspondence he reveals close ties to the illegal head of the annexed Crimea Sergey Aksyonov. Leaked were also the e-mails that could be possibly sent from mailboxes in use by the employees of the so-called “ministry for information policy” of the so-called “republics”. The “agency” was ordering the broadcast ban of Ukrainian TV channels. There are also the alleged e-mails by the “DPR” head Denis Pushylin sent out to the Administration of the Russian President Vladimir Putin to ask for humanitarian aid, and to Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church to ask for a meeting and discuss the church protection of the so-called “republics”.
Downing of MH17.
Hromadske TV also found the correspondence that could be possibly attributed to Tatiana Yegorova
, “DPR” “spokesperson” as the mailbox had incoming e-mails by various international media requesting accreditation. The correspondence also mentions the MH17 downing, particularly thematic media monitoring and correspondence with Max van der Werff re the MH17 case.
Russian army and the “Troy operation”.
The leaked documents also include the folder named “MIL DOCUMENTS” containing documents of the Russian Federation Defense Ministry. In addition to the location plan of the military units, bases and reports on military exercises, it contains the document named “the Troy operation”. It lays down the plan to destabilize the situation in the region of Zaporizhzhia and to seize the cities of Melitopol, Berdiansk, Vasylivka and Zaporizhzhia. “All weapons and uniforms of the fighters are made look like the ones of Ukrainian patriots, however a new name is made up for them, for example ‘Karpaty’,” the plan suggests.
The documents also discuss further plans to seize other regions: “If similar operations are implemented simultaneously in Odesa and Kharkiv directions, we will get the full control of the sea coast and, respectively, an uncontrolled flow of whatever’s needed (…). It is quite possible that it will lead to the defeat of the Ukrainian army and penal units over a short period of time. It will help take Kherson and Mykolayiv regions under control almost unimpededly.”
The plan was designed to be implemented through several stages that include blocking of road and sea passages, masking of the army, media coverage and bribing of law enforcement. “The Times” made a detailed coverage
of the operation in April 2018 referring to the leaks of hacked documents from the domain of the Administration of the Russian President.