Russia hacks Ukraine TV and broadcasts fake Zelenskyy surrender video

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has rubbished a fake surrender statement broadcast on Ukrainian TV by Russian hackers.

The video claimed that Zelenskyy was calling on citizens to surrender amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but Zelenskyy has since hit back at the fake video.

Russia's cyber attack on the Ukraine 24 station showed a fake banner appear on the broadcast which claimed the Ukrainian president was "capitulating" and asking civilians to "give up arms".

But shortly after the cyber attack on the Ukrainian television station, Zelenskyy shared a video of himself to rubbish the claims made by the bogus broadcast.

In his statement delivered shortly after the cyber attack, Zelenskyy said that "the only ones who should give up arms are Russian soldiers".

He continued: "I can only ask the Russian military to give up arms and return home. We are home already, we are defending our land, our children. We are not going to give up any arms until our victory."

Ukrainians flocked to social media to warn of the cyber attack, with a number of Twitter users pointing out the fake broadcast.

One user wrote: "WARNING! Ukraine 24 TV channel has been hacked! Now they are broadcasting a text tape with a fake address by Volodymyr Zelensky. We emphasise that no one is going to capitulate."

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Another said: "Enemy hackers have hacked the TV channel Ukraine 24 and are broadcasting Zelenskyy's message about the alleged 'surrender'. IT'S FAKE! Nobody is going to give up."

A possible peace deal between the two countries is within reach, Russia's foreign minister Sergei Lavrov has said.

He said: "I am guided by the assessments given by our negotiators. They say that the negotiations are not easy for obvious reasons. But nevertheless, there is some hope of reaching a compromise.

"Neutral status [for Kyiv] is now being seriously discussed along, of course, with the security guarantees."

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