Internet access in Ukraine is interrupted due to the advance of Russian troops


The internet connectivity on Ukraine has been affected by the Russian invasion, particularly in the south and east of the country, where fighting has been most intense, internet watchers said on Saturday.

Russian forces captured the city of Melitopolin the southeast of UkraineRussia’s Interfax news agency reported, as Moscow launched coordinated cruise missile and artillery strikes on several cities, including the capital Kiev.

The connectivity of GigaTransUkraine’s main internet provider, fell below 20% of normal levels before returning to higher levels in the early hours of Friday, according to the observatory of internet blockades. netblocks.

We are currently seeing national connectivity at 87% of ordinary levels, a figure that reflects service interruptions as well as population flight and the closure of homes and businesses since the morning of the 24th,” Alp Toker, director of NetBlocks.

“Although there is no nationwide blackout, there is little news from the most affected regions, and for others there is an ongoing fear that connectivity could worsen at any moment, isolating friends and family,” Toker said.

Australia’s Monash Intellectual Property Observatory said so far only Kiev’s Obolonskyi district and central areas of Kharkiv in eastern Ukraineshowed clear signs of internet failure.

Other anomalies could simply be because some people have moved away from their computers, for example by leaving cities, said Simon Angus, an associate professor of economics who acts as director of the observatory.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities have released more information about an alleged Belarusian cyber-espionage operation that they said targeted personal email accounts belonging to Kiev forces.

In a Facebook post, Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team said hackers were targeting not only Ukrainians, but also Poles, Russians and Belarusians, including several Belarusian media organizations.

Emails sent to the Belarusian embassy in London went unanswered.

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