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Ministry of Defense urges people not to share photos of shot down kamikaze drones with a tail number or location

17.10.2022, 18:26
Photo: AFP
Photo: AFP

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Malyar urged people not to post photos of shot down kamikaze drones on social media, as this way they may be unwittingly leaking intelligence to the Russians. She added that famous bloggers' social media can become a bad example for ordinary posters.

Deputy Minister of Defense of Ukraine Hanna Malyar announced this on her Facebook page.

"Today, Ukraine was attacked by Iranian kamikaze drones again. Subsequently, some social media users posted photos of the shot down Shaheds' wreckages. [...] Can posting photos of downed drones harm us? Yes, it can – if the photo shows the tail number of the enemy's drone. After all, the enemy may use this information to reach an important conclusion as to whether a certain aircraft reached the target," she wrote.

Moreover, Malyar noted, the Russian mass media can use such facts for propaganda.

In addition, she urged people not to add locations to the photos so that it remains unclear where exactly the picture of a downed drone was taken.

"Therefore, let's avoid unknowingly leaking intelligence information. Some social media contributors have already corrected their morning posts and painted over the Shaheds' numbers on theit photos with the remains of the downed drones," she wrote.

"Of course, the Facebook page or Telegram channel of a well-known blogger can also become a bad example for other ordinary posters. Therefore, let's be vigilant and not give the enemy what he is actively hunting for," added Hanna Malyar.

As IMI reported, on October 17, Pavlo Kashchuk, a military man and InfoCar editor-in-chief, wrote that photos of shot down drones which show their numbers help the Russians adjust attack routes. He said this in response to a photo posted by Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko which shows the wreckage of one of the drones used by the Russians to attack Kyiv on October 17.

The Security Service of Ukraine once again reminded that posting photos of the aftermath of strikes is inadvisable.

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