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The Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Ukraine called the hacking of its accounts an information provocation

The issue regarding this incident will be resolved between Ukraine and Russia at the diplomatic level.

 The Consulate General of Russia in Kharkiv (Ukraine) considers the hacking of its pages on social networks as an information provocation. “The issue regarding this incident will be resolved between Ukraine and Russia at the diplomatic level,” Igor Demyanenko, the head of the Consulate General, said on Thursday.

“We took it as an informational provocation that does not show Ukraine's compliance with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations,” he said, adding that “the issue will be resolved through diplomatic channels between the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.”

Mr. Demyanenko said that such a situation had developed for the first time, and confirmed that access to the accounts of the Consulate General in social networks had already been restored. And the official website of the diplomatic mission posted a message stating that the information previously published by the attackers on the pages of the Consulate General is invalid.

At the same time, he noted that after the incident, the number of subscribers on the pages of the Consulate General increased fivefold.

Earlier on Thursday, it became known about the hacking of the accounts of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Kharkov on social networks Instagram and Facebook: congratulations on the Day of Defenders of Ukraine (October 14) appeared on the consulate's page, the record also contained provocative statements addressed to the Russian leadership allegedly on behalf of the consulate staff. After the hacker attack, the Consulate General lost access to account management. The Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kiev sent a note verbale to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine with a request to launch an investigation by the Ukrainian competent authorities.

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