‘We have some trolling’: Hackers stream porn during UNL Ukraine panel

Despite the attempt to halt the discussion, panelists continued on

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Hackers took over a Stand With Ukraine panel put on by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on Tuesday.

Students and those in attendance watched as pornographic images and screams blasted through a Zoom call set up for those who couldn’t attend.

“It continues even here in Nebraska where we cannot even have a normal discussion,” said Lukasz Niparko, a UNL graduate student. “We are being trolled and attacked because there are people in this world that don’t believe in freedom: freedom of speech, democracy and the lives of others.”

Despite the attempt to halt the discussion, panelists continued on. Everyone from professors to Ukrainians who now live in Lincoln shared their thoughts on the invasion.

“We are hit not only physically, but our hearts are hurting for people in Ukraine,” said Mykhailo Smyshliaie, a Ukrainian who lives in Lincoln. “They are right now under the fire even just a few hours ago.”

His story is just one of thousands who are having to watch as their country is invaded by Russia.

Panelists expressed their concern that Russian President Vladimir Putin will not stop.

“It’s not going to matter to him whether 20 million Russians perish or 20 million Ukrainians perish, he will not stop,” UNL professor Regina Werum warned.

As so many risk their lives in Ukraine to protect their country and their freedom, everyone in attendance stood in solidarity as the Ukranian national anthem was played.

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