Ukrainian psychological warfare

A gruesome facial recognition campaign targeting Russian mothers was, as one Ukrainian wrote, “the only way to stop all this madness."

Ukrainian psychological warfare
A screenshot from the Ukrainian IT Army's Telegram account.

Full story: Ukraine is scanning faces of dead Russians, then contacting the mothers

In another conversation, a stranger sent a message to a Russian mother saying her son was dead, alongside a photo showing a man’s body in the dirt — face grimacing and mouth agape. The recipient responded with disbelief, saying it wasn’t him, before the sender passed along another photo showing a gloved hand holding the man’s military documents.

“Why are you doing this?” the recipient wrote back. “Do you want me to die? I already don’t live. You must be enjoying this.”

The stranger responded that young men were already dying, by the thousands. This is “the only way to stop all this madness,” the sender wrote. “How many more people must die?”

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