Ukraine warns of deepfake video of top general urging soldiers to disobey orders

The Ukrainian government is warning that a fake video is circulating on social media showing a military general calling on soldiers to disobey their commanders' orders.

The government's Center for Countering Disinformation issued the alert on Wednesday. The center analyzes fake information on social media and other channels.

The video in question is about a minute long.

It appears to show General Valerii Zaluzhnyi, the commander-in-chief of Ukrainian forces, saying Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is an enemy of the state who intends to hand over the country.

The figure is shown calling on "all Ukrainians to immediately come to the central squares, and on the defenders to disobey the criminal orders of their commanders, immediately deploy their weapons and enter Kyiv."

The center says Zaluzhnyi did not address or call for a military coup.

It says the video message used "deepfake" technology and was spread by hackers on social media platforms such as TikTok, X and Telegram.

The center warns that the Russian side is trying to sow panic among the Ukraine population and cause a split between the Ukrainian government and the military by spreading false information.