Ukrainian internet collapses due to Russian military advance

Internet connections in London-Ukraine have been affected by the Russian invasion, especially in the southern and eastern parts of the most competitive countries, Internet monitors said Saturday.

Russia’s Interfax news agency reported that Russian troops occupied the city of Melitopol in southeastern Ukraine on Saturday as Moscow began coordinating cruise missiles and artillery in several cities, including the capital Kyiv.

According to Internet surveillance organization NetBlocks, connections to Ukraine’s leading internet provider, GigaTrans, dropped to less than 20% of normal levels before returning to high levels early on Friday morning.

NetBlocks director Alp Toker told Reuters, “Currently, national connectivity is observed at 87% of normal levels, including service interruptions, population growth, and housing since the morning of the 24th. And the closure of the company. “

“There are no national power outages, but there are few contacts from the worst-affected areas. In other areas, there is always the danger of poor connections and loss of friends and family,” Toker said. I am saying.

Australia’s Monash IP Observatory has said that so far only the Obolonskyi district of Kyiv and the central part of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraine show clear signs of internet failure.

Simon Angus, an associate professor of economics who is the director of the observatory, said other anomalies may simply be due to some people leaving the computer, for example by leaving the city.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have released more information about Belarus’ cyber-spy operations, which they said are targeting individual email accounts belonging to the Kyiv army.

In a Facebook post, the Ukrainian Computer Emergency Response Team stated that hackers are targeting not only Ukrainians, but also Polish, Russian and Belarusians (including several Belarusian media organizations).

The email sent to the Belarusian Embassy in London was not returned.

James Pearson and Rafael Satter