According to internet monitors, the Russian invasion has damaged internet access in Ukraine, notably in the country’s southern and eastern regions, where combat has been the most intense.
Ukraine invasion: Internet services majorly disrupted as Russian troops advance
According to Russia’s Interfax news agency, Russian soldiers occupied Melitopol in southern Ukraine on Saturday, as Moscow conducted synchronized cruise missile and artillery assaults on multiple towns, including the capital Kyiv.
According to internet monitoring organization NetBlocks, connectivity to GigaTrans, Ukraine’s primary internet provider, plummeted to 20% of usual levels before resuming to higher levels in the early hours of Friday morning.
“National connectivity is presently at 87 percent of normal levels,” says Alp Toker, director of NetBlocks. “This statistic incorporates service outages, population flight, and the shuttering of houses and businesses since the morning of the 24th.”
“While there is no nationwide blackout, nothing is being heard from the worst-affected areas, and others live in constant anxiety that connectivity will deteriorate at any time, cutting them off from friends and family,” Toker added.
Only the Obolonskyi area of Kyiv and core sections of Kharkiv, in Ukraine’s east, have shown strong evidence of internet failure, according to the Monash IP Observatory in Australia.
Other oddities might simply be the result of individuals getting away from their computers, such as by relocating away from cities, according to Simon Angus, an associate professor of economics and the observatory’s director.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have disclosed fresh details regarding an alleged Belarusian cyberespionage campaign aimed at personal email accounts belonging to Kyiv’s soldiers.
Ukraine’s Computer Emergency Response Team claimed in a Facebook post that the hackers were targeting not just Ukrainians, but also Poles, Russians, and Belarusians, including many Belarusian media outlets.