'You're just meat' - Ukrainian soldiers get chilling texts: media
The Associated Press reports on more evidence of Russia's sophisticated psychological warfare, an important part of its hybrid aggression in eastern Ukraine as Ukrainian soldiers are being bombarded by text messages likely dispatched by cell site simulators.
Some are crude threats, while others play on allegations that Ukraine's billionaire president, Petro Poroshenko, aims at enrichment as soldiers defend the country on its eastern flank, ABC News reported citing AP.
Several of the roughly four dozen messages collected by AP and other journalists and activists carried spelling mistakes typical of Russian speakers trying to write in Ukrainian.
Others came from nonsensical numbers (such as 77777) or were sent at impossible times (such as the year 1995), hinting at electronic fakery.
A few even tried to mimic payment alerts in a bid to trick soldiers into thinking their accounts were being emptied by their commanders.
Read alsoReports suggest Russia engages in psychological warfare in Avdiyivka - mediaHere are a few of the messages, which have been edited for clarity:
"Guys, Parasha sold us out to the Yanks. Let's go attack Kiev instead!"
—text message received on Feb. 12, 2015, at Debaltseve, Ukraine.
"Your account was charged 10 hryvnias (then about $0.50) to support the Anti-Terrorism Operation."
—text message received on Oct. 6, 2015, at Schastia, Ukraine.
"Are you ready to die for Poroshenko's golden deposits!?"
—text message received at 12:58 a.m. on Oct. 16, 2015, at Checkpoint 29, an hour from Luhansk, Ukraine.
"Who is robbing your family while you are paid pennies waiting for your bullet?"
—text message received at 11:46 a.m. on Nov. 11, 2015, at Checkpoint 29.
Read alsoRussia's hybrid warfare arsenal battle-tested in Ukraine - The Daily Signal"Murderer from the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The East won't forgive you and the West won't remember you!"
—text message received on Nov. 17, 2015, at Checkpoint 29.
"Ukrainian Armed Forces, you're just meat for your commanders."
—text message received at 9:32 a.m. on Jan. 31 in Avdiivka, Ukraine.