Ukraine Investigates Discovery of Bugging Device Linked to Top General

    Ukraine Investigates Discovery of Bugging Device Linked to Top General
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    The Facts

    • A bugging device was said to be discovered in the office of the Commander-in-Chief of Ukraine's Armed Forces Valerii Zaluzhnyi on Sunday, military sources told the Ukrainian publication Ukrainska Pravda. The device was reportedly discovered Sunday during a typical inspection according to the publication.

    • "The room was to have been the Commander-in-Chief's new office and was being inspected prior to him moving into it," the outlet further reported. "Similar devices were also planted in the offices of Zaluzhnyi’s colleagues."


    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    While this was a serious breach that will be further investigated by Ukrainian intelligence, preliminary findings show that the device was not operational and had been placed in an office that was never used by Zaluzhnyi. The damage from this incident is rather isolated.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    Military sources confirmed to Ukrainska Pravda that it was in fact Zaluzhnyi's office that was targeted by the bugging. This is a very serious breach and the SBU is trying to downplay the facts in order to minimize the perceived damage from their intelligence failure.


    Metaculus Prediction


    Establishment split

    CRITICAL

    PRO

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