Burgomaster of Berlin Franziska Giffay spent about half an hour talking via video link with an impostor who pretended to be the mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko. The newspaper Tagesspiegel writes about this.
According to the publication, the conversation lasted 30 minutes, after which it was prematurely interrupted due to suspicions that the person Giffay was talking to was an impostor.
“Regarding the announced conversation with Mayor Klitschko: the course of the conversation and the setting of the topic caused distrust on the part of Berlin. The conversation ended prematurely,” said Lisa Frerichs, spokeswoman for the Berlin Senate.
It is noted that the man on the screen looked like a real Vitali Klitschko. “Apparently, it was a deepfake, a deep fake,” Frerichs admitted. The Senate added that later the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk confirmed the guess.
The Berlin Criminal Police Department initiated an investigation to find out the details of what happened.