Russian occupation In parts of Ukraine, Russia has also begun to invade the Internet. Ukrainians in the occupied territories of Kherson, Melitopol and Mariupol are isolated from the rest of the country. They have limited access to news about the war and cannot communicate with friends and family outside the occupied territories. In some places, internet and mobile networks are completely shut down The New York Times.
In these areas, Russia can now monitor what is done online and monitor digital communications, where they can spread propaganda and control the flow of information.
Access to objective news was cut off, making up Russian television and the Russian Internet.
– Russification is taking place in those parts of Ukraine. Russia puts local “kisslings” in charge, they force the use of the Russian language, people are forced to get Russian passports, and they deport people to Russia. They have deported hundreds of thousands of people from the occupied territories and pushed people into Russian society, says Balle Yadstebo.
Just as NS members were given key roles when Germany occupied Norway, Ukrainians collaborating with the Russians took over the occupied territories.
– Yadstebo says the Russians are doing what the Germans did to Norway during World War II.
In the north of the Crimean Peninsula, Russian currency and the Russian language were introduced at school.
Keir Hagen Karlsson, a lieutenant colonel and head of the Norwegian Defense Academy, believes the Russians are tightening their control over the Internet and information flow, making it harder for the Ukrainian resistance movement to pick up new targets.
– There is a security operation in the area north of Crimea east of Kherson that we should be aware of. In this area, including Melitopol, there is a very extensive Ukrainian resistance movement attacking Russian forces. They blew up the railroads and dispersed the traitors, Carlson says and continues:
– It means the Russians are tightening the security regime to make it more difficult for Ukrainians to identify targets for artillery and other weapons systems.
Lieutenant General Arne Bård Dalhaug lived in Luhansk in the Russian-occupied region of Donetsk from 2016 to 2019.
At that time, the lieutenant general lost access to Western television channels and he faced difficulties in communicating via e-mail.
– In addition, they established a separate Russian-controlled mobile network. During my time in Luhansk, the mobile network was called Lukacom. That way you reduce the information flow of free information, says Dalhaug to Dagbladet.
He insists that restricting the flow of information is a familiar move for Russia.
– Shutting down internet and mobile networks and establishing their own is something Russia has done in the past. He says they have training for this.
It’s hard to hide
When Talhac lived in Luhansk, all he could watch on TV were old Russian war films and Putin’s speeches and stuff like that.
– If you’re only exposed to this for a few years, it’s clear that you lose touch with reality, Dalhag says.
On the west side of the Dnipro River, Russian forces have captured the Kherson region. Many experts predict that the war will now end here. Ukrainian forces are attacking here.
– If Russia loses this and pulls out of the region, Putin – purely in terms of propaganda – will not be able to hide that they have suffered a major defeat, says Arne Bart Dalhag.
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