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EU condemns Russian cyberattack on Ukraine one hour before war

The European Union condemns Russia’s cyberattack on Ukraine an hour before the war started by the Kremlin, which caused disruptions not only in Ukraine, but also in several EU countries.

This is stated in the declaration of the High Representative of the EU on behalf of all 27 member countries, published on European Council websiteaccording to Ukrinform.

“The European Union and its member states, together with international partners, strongly condemn the malicious cyber activity carried out by the Russian Federation against Ukraine, directed against the KA-SAT satellite network operated by Viasat. The cyberattack took place one hour before Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022 to support military aggression,” the statement said.

As noted by the High Representative of the EU, this cyber attack had a serious negative impact and resulted in interruptions in communication and disruption of government and business institutions, other consumers in Ukraine, and also hit several EU member states.

The declaration notes that this unacceptable cyber attack is further evidence of Russia’s irresponsible behavior in cyberspace, which was part of its illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. Such behavior is contrary to the expectations of all UN member states, including the Russian Federation, about the responsible behavior and intentions of countries in cyberspace.

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“Cyber ​​attacks directed against Ukraine, in particular its critical infrastructure, can spread to other countries and cause a systemic effect, which creates security risks for European citizens. The European Union, in close collaboration with partners, is considering further steps to prevent, deter and respond to malicious behavior in cyberspace.

EU High Representative Josep Borrell stressed that the European Union will continue to provide coordinated political, financial and material assistance to Ukraine and strengthen its cyber resilience.

“Russia must immediately stop the war and put an end to the suffering of the people,” the EU declaration emphasizes.

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As reported, on February 24, 2022, Russia launched a direct invasion of Ukraine. The troops of the Russian Federation carry out massive bombardments and shelling of Ukrainian cities and villages, unleashed mass terror against the civilian population in the temporarily occupied territories.

Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the European Union has been providing Ukraine with political, economic, financial, humanitarian and military assistance. He has imposed five sets of sectoral and personal sanctions against Russia and is working on a sixth.

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