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Internet in Ukraine and Russia disrupted by the advance of Russian troops

Internet connectivity in Ukraine has been badly affected by the Russian invasion, particularly in the south and east of the country where the fighting was most intense, internet blockage observatoryNetBlocks said Saturday.

Russian forces captured the southeastern Ukrainian city of Melitopol Saturday, Russia Interfax the news agency reported, as Moscow launched coordinated cruise missile and artillery strikes on several cities, including the capital Kyiv.

Connectivity to GigaTransmain Internet service provider in Ukraine, dropped below 20% of normal levels before returning to higher levels in the early hours of Friday morning, NetBlocks said. “We are currently seeing nationwide connectivity at 87% of ordinary levels, a figure that reflects service disruptions as well as the flight of people and the closure of homes and businesses since the morning of the 24th,” said Alp Toker, Director from NetBlocks. Reuters. “While there is no nationwide blackout, little is heard from the worst-affected regions, and for others there is a pervasive fear that connectivity could fail. worsen at any time, cutting off friends and family”.

Disruptions of Ukrainian telecommunications networks could affect civil defense groups who are mobilizing to defend their cities, he added.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials released more information about an alleged Belarusian cyber espionage operation they said was targeting personal email accounts To belong to Kyiv forces. In one Facebook post, the Computer Emergency Response Team of Ukraine said that the hackers targeted not only Ukrainians, but also Poles, Russians and Belarusians – including several Belarusian media organizations. Emails sent to the Belarusian Embassy in London were not returned.