Users of a Reddit community ‘r/volunteersForUkraine’ may have unknowingly helped the Russian forces in locating a Ukrainian mercenary base in the northern Zhytomyr Region. The base, which was situated near the town of Ovruch, was hit by Russian high-precision missiles on Sunday with over a hundred Ukrainian special ops troops and foreign soldiers of fortune confirmed ‘eliminated’ in the strike, according to RT.
On Friday, March 18, a video titled ‘Goosebumps… Glory to Ukraine!‘ was shared on the subreddit (community). The post, which has now been deleted by the community moderators, featured a soldier playing violin, with other troops recording him on their mobile phones.
Photos of the shelling site shared across the internet indicate that it’s the same base that was seen in the video that was shared on Reddit and then on other social media platforms.
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While a direct link between the Reddit post and the Russian shellings has not been established yet, this is not the first time such an incident has taken place. There have been at least two different shellings where content related to the affected zone(s) were shared on Reddit, 9gag, and Twitter. On Reddit, all such posts have now been taken down by the community moderators.