It’s one thing to send images and official announcements on encrypted Telegram channels to keep the nation informed about the war. It’s another story when you reveal actual operational strategies from the military.

Just this week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky slammed government officials who seemed extremely excited to announce secret military strategies that would allow them to win the war.

The Ukrainian government tagged overconfident Ukrainian officials after they were cited in various publications like the New York Times and The Washington Post. Unfortunately, many of these stories include “anonymous Ukrainian officials” as the primary source. As for our team here at SOFREP had only cited military experts in our analysis pieces about the war.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukraine’s President Zelensky (Source: President Of Ukraine/Flickr)

Nevertheless, Zelensky said their conduct is out of touch and had been uncharacteristic for officials of their nation. In a time when loyalty and patriotism mean life and death, Zelensky said this is not the time for them to use media “for vanity and loud statements.”

“The fewer details you divulge about our defense plans, the better it will be for the implementation of those defense plans.”

“If you want to generate loud headlines, that’s one thing – it’s frankly irresponsible. If you want victory for Ukraine, that is another thing, and you should be aware of your responsibility for every word you say about our state’s plans for defense or counterattacks.”

As of writing, Ukrainian Security Agencies have launched an investigation on said government officials to tighten their hold on highly sensitive information.

According to Deputy Defence Minister Hanna Malyar, they are tracking the sources for these articles and making sure that they are caught.