Hackers broke into dozens of surveillance cameras in Russia and Russian-occupied territories on Wednesday in order to play pro-Ukrainian music through the cameras’ speakers in honor of Ukraine’s Independence Day.
“Today, to celebrate Ukraine’s Independence Day, dozens of IP cameras with speaker outputs have been hacked to play patriotic music in Russia as well as occupied Crimea and Donbas,” the Twitter account ItsArtoir tweeted.
This year’s Independence Day in Ukraine marked the 31st anniversary of the nation’s separation from the Soviet Union. In a speech acknowledging the occasion, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy argued Ukraine was “reborn” earlier this year when it refused to back down from the Russian invasion.
“We made a choice. For some, it is Mariupol. For some – Monaco. But we know who the majority is. And we finally became truly one. A new nation that emerged on February 24 at 4 am. Not born, but reborn. A nation that didn’t cry, didn’t scream, didn’t get scared. Didn’t run away. Didn’t give up. Didn’t forget,” Zelenskyy said, according to a transcript of the speech by The Odessa Journal.
“We are facing this day in different places. Someone is in trenches and dugouts, in tanks and IFVs, at sea and in the air. Fighting for independence on the frontline. Someone is on the road, in cars, trucks and trains. Fighting for independence by delivering what is necessary to those on the frontline. And someone is on a smartphone or on a computer. Also fighting for independence by raising funds so that those on the road have something to bring to those on the frontline,” he continued.
“We are facing this day in different circumstances, conditions and even in different time zones, but with one goal – preservation of independence and victory of Ukraine! We united. Happy Independence Day of Ukraine! Glory to Ukraine!” Zelenskyy concluded.
Zelenskyy also tweeted his gratitude for the United States’ latest $3 billion arms package to Ukraine.
“Grateful to @POTUS and the people of [America] for the powerful congratulations on [Ukraine] Independence Day – an unprecedented package of security assistance of almost $3 billion,” he wrote. “The people of Ukraine, all our defenders highly appreciate [America’s] unwavering support. Together we will win!”
Last week, a report written by a Russian defector who fought in the Russia-Ukraine conflict revealed that Russian troops are shooting themselves in the leg to get out of the war.
Pavel Filatyev, 33, wrote in a 141-page memoir titled “ZOV” that Russian troops are suffering from hunger amid the chaos and destruction, The Guardian first reported. As a result, soldiers are looking to escape the conflict by any means necessary – even if they have to deliberately shoot themselves to get out.