Ukraine: According to British intelligence, Vladimir Putin loses information war

Ukraine: According to British intelligence, Vladimir Putin loses information war

Published on: 08/20/2022 – 06:41

According to British intelligence, “Putin has completely lost the information war in Ukraine and the West.” In an op-ed for The Economist magazine, the Director of Intelligence (GCHQ) explains Russia’s huge failure in its cyber war against Ukraine.

With our correspondent in the UK, Sidonia Gaucher

“So far, President Putin has completely lost the information war in Ukraine and the West.” These words come from Sir Jeremy Fleming, Director of the British Intelligence and Security Service (GCHQ). He welcomes it in a column for the magazine The economist. But he adds: “We shouldn’t underestimate the impact of Russian disinformation elsewhere in the world.”

No victory in cyberspace

Almost six months after invading Ukraine, he says, Russia hasn’t gained any ground in cyberspace. It used the same disinformation strategies in Syria and the Balkans, and the intelligence services were able to intercept them and act in a timely manner.

“Irresponsible and blind”

Mr Fleming added: “As with his ground invasion, Russia’s plans appear to have failed. His use of objectionable cyber tools was irresponsible and indiscriminate.” For his part, the Ukrainian president ruled out peace talks without the Russian troops withdrawing first.

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