Russian Army wives tricked into exposing identities of pilots behind civilian attacks

Ukraine hacktivists tricked a group of Russian military wives into posing for a photo shoot that outed the identities of their husbands — who were purportedly responsible for bombing a Mariupol theater-turned-shelter last March, killing hundreds of civilians.

The virtual false-flag operation exposed twelve elite Kremlin combat pilots to potential war crime charges in connection with both the brutal theatre massacre and hundreds of other air strikes on Ukrainian homes and businesses, The Kyiv Post reported.

It was spearheaded by Cyber Resistance, a Ukrainian hacker group that engages in guerrilla warfare, and InformNapalm, a Ukraine volunteer journalism outfit that investigates Russian war efforts, according to the latter group.

Cyber Resistance was able to hack into the email of Colonel Sergey Atroshchenko, commander of the 960th Assault Aviation Regiment, stationed in the occupied Crimea, according to InformNapalm.

12 wives pose in front of a bomber in their husband's uniforms
Hackers duped a dozen Russian military wives into posing for a patriotic photo in their husband’s uniforms, revealing the identities of the suspected war criminals.
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Colonel Sergey Atroshchenko
Colonel Sergey Atroshchenko was doxed by the hackers, and tied to brutal March, 2022 bombing of a civilian shelter in Mariupol.
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Lilia Antroshchenko wearing underware
InformNapalm shared two of the less risqué “photo surprises” that Lilia Antroshchenko had sent her husband.
Inform Napalm/east2west news

Posing as a Russian officer in the regiment, the hackers contacted Antroshchenko’s wife and convinced her to organize a photo shoot with the wives and girlfriends of the other pilots, supposedly to boost morale, the organization said.

Lilia Antroshchenko took the bait, and used her status as a colonel’s wife to convince 11 other Air Force WAGs to pose in their significant other’s military uniforms at the airfield — exposing both their identities and providing a closer look at the war planes by the squad. She reportedly uploaded the footage to the hackers on March 16.

The group also doxed Atroshchenko, publishing his personal and financial records, as well as posting two shots of Lilia in lingerie that she had sent him. InformNapalm noted it has shown some restraint, by publicizing only “decent pictures where she wears some clothes, to give an example” of the sexy snaps she had sent her husband.

A March 14, 2022 satellite image shows the word 'children' was painted on the ground outside the Mariupol Drama Theatre.
A March 14, 2022 satellite image shows the word ‘children’ was painted on the ground outside the Mariupol Drama Theatre. Two days later it was destroyed by a Russian bomb, killing hundreds of civilians.
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Activists sent the new evidence to the International Criminal Court, as it pursues war crime charges against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The data dump came after US officials on Monday said they support a special tribunal to prosecute top Kremlin officials in connection with the brutal unprovoked invasion, now in its 14th month.

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