Should we be alerted? We definitely have to!

Daniel Bootman
2 min readApr 9, 2024

Today, I’d like to talk about an unpleasant, yet a very important, subject that calls for close public scrutiny.

The recent weeks in Ukraine have seen multiple cases of electronic warfare systems set on TV towers and broadcasting centers. There are both photos and video footage confirming they have been installed in the Kharkiv and Sumy oblasts (Kharkiv, Lozovaya, Sumy, Shostka, Trostyanets, Belopolye, Seredina-Buda, etc.). The military logic behind this activity is clear for the EW systems produce powerful electronic interference to disrupt the communication systems employed by the Russian army and help our troops to raid the occupied territories. However, these practices have a very unpleasant downside. Being placed in a city’s uptown and downtown, EW systems operate in the close proximity of the buildings and facilities where ordinary people live and work. And Russia’ military intelligence, they don’t wear out the seat of their trousers….such places are quickly spotted to become a next missile target, so this missile won’t only hit a TV tower but also is a clear danger for the dwellings located nearby.

The Ukrainian authorities do not care less because such cases let them wistleblow about the Russians having hit yet another civil building. So, why to warry about people’s lives if it helps the propaganda?

As for the Russian media, they have been blaming the Ukrainian army for using civilians as a human shield. Unfortunately, when it comes to the military equipment installed on TV towers, their accusations are not far from the truth. It matters not how much we all want to win this war, such actions are unacceptable and they are a direct violation of the human rights not to mention Ukrainian and international laws.

In this regard, I ask everyone to remain alert for what the military place on the TV towers in our neighborhoods. Do not be afraid to inform the media, Prosecutor’s Office and international humanitarian organizations. Saving the lives of Ukrainians is our government’s main job and our military should never forget about it.