"Deepfake-Klitschko": Melynk warns of "perfidious weapon" - Mayors of Vienna and Madrid also fooled
Created: 06/26/2022, 15:45
By: Franziska Schwarz
Andriy Melnyk © Christian Spicker/Imago
After the fraud attack on Berlin's mayor Giffey: The Ukraine ambassador Melnyk considers the trust between Berlin and Kyiv in the Ukraine war to be "stable".
The news ticker.
: Now the real one is contacting
in the Ukraine conflict.
: Melnyk warns of hybrid warfare.
affected: Wrong Klitschkos call the mayor.
on German reactions to the Ukraine war is constantly
Berlin – Spectacular incident in the Ukraine war: the phone call with a wrong Klitschko also caused malice over Franziska Giffey.
But not by Andriy Melnyk.
"No deepfakes or other tricks by the Russians can shake the trust between Ukraine and Germany," the Ukrainian ambassador told
Welt am Sonntag (WamS)
Klitschko on the phone: Now the real one is contacting Giffey in the Ukraine conflict
The real Vitali Klitschko, the mayor of Kiev, spoke in the
about "criminal activity", which the state security authorities are investigating.
He now offered Giffey
a phone call via the official channels via
She accepts that "very gladly", tweeted the SPD politician.
A video call between the Governing Mayor of Berlin and the alleged Klitschko had been prematurely terminated - after considerable doubts about the authenticity of the interlocutor.
The Berlin Senate Chancellery announced this on June 24th.
"Deepfake" attempt in the Ukraine war: Melnyk warns of hybrid warfare
The Senate Chancellery said it appears the alleged Klitschko was a "deepfake," a technology that uses artificial intelligence to insert real people's faces into photos or films.
So it seems as if the real person is speaking.
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According to Melnyk, the incidents show that deepfakes need to be taken much more seriously as part of Russia's hybrid warfare.
"It's a perfidious psychological weapon and the technology keeps getting better," he told
Ukraine war: Mayors of Vienna and Madrid also deepfake targets
According to media reports from Austria and Spain, the mayors of Vienna and Madrid were also called by the wrong Klitschko.
The Spaniard is also said to have broken off the call quickly.
(frs with AFP)