Ukraine has been hit by a “massive” cyber-attack, with the websites of several government departments including the ministry of foreign affairs and the education ministry knocked out.
Officials said it was too early to draw any conclusions but they pointed to a “long record” of Russian cyber assaults against Ukraine, with the attack coming after security talks between Moscow and the US and its allies this week ended in stalemate.
Ukraine hit by ‘massive’ cyber-attack on government websites | Ukraine | The GuardianSweden’s foreign minister, Ann Linde, said the west must stand up to any Russian aggression. “We have to be very firm in our messages to Russia, that if there are attacks against Ukraine, we will be very harsh and very strong and robust in our response,” she said. Sweden stood in solidarity with Kyiv, she added.
Interesting that non-NATO country Sweden is so clearly communicating their position now.
What is the urgency? It will take a very long time before Ukraine will be allowed into NATO, if it ever happens. Russia has not made clear what is so threatening right now that this demands immediate resolution.Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov described Moscow’s demands that NATO will neither expand nor deploy forces to Ukraine and other ex-Soviet nations as essential for the progress of diplomatic efforts to defuse soaring tensions over Ukraine.
He argued that the deployment of NATO forces and weapons near Russia’s borders poses a security challenge that must be addressed immediately.
Russia demands US, NATO response next week on Ukraine | NATO News | Al JazeeraThe Russian Defence Ministry said on Friday that troops stationed in eastern Siberia and the far east region have been scrambled for movement across the country as part of snap drills to check their “readiness to perform their tasks after redeployment to a large distance”.
The ministry noted that “special attention will be given to the assessment of the country’s transport infrastructure to ensure the movement of troops”, adding that the troops will conduct drills involving firing live ammunition after the redeployment.
More Russian troops need training, and in spite of being largest country on this planet I am sure that these troops from eastern Siberia and far east must train very close to eastern Europe, and most likely close to Ukraine, and this must happen now, when there are already 100,000 Russian soldiers there. Funny coincidence.
I am still hoping that the West can convince Russia to return to diplomacy. Hopefully we will get positive news next week. It does not look very promising right now, unfortunately.