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Ukraine could face 'full scale' Russian cyber war just days after defence ministry attack




Despite denying the cyber attack allegations, a cyber expert has claimed President Putin’s military intelligence agency is entirely capable of disrupting Ukraine’s infrastructure “in minutes”. Meanwhile, a former director of the US National Security Agency wrote that “the world has a front-row seat to what could possibly be the first full-scale cyber war in the making”.

Many experts have noted that with over 100,000 Russian troops stationed across the Ukrainian border, tensions are ever-increasing and that modern warfare will inevitably involve an element of cyber warfare.

Though cyber warfare does not cause as much physical devastation as conventional warfare, it is still an effective tool for causing mass disruption.

This has led to growing fears about the scale of what can be impacted in the future.

Research analyst at Chatham House, Esther Naylor, said: “Attacks don’t have to do anything more destructive than a denial of service.

“Their goal is to cause panic, and to make people think what might come next.”

James Lewis, senior vice-president at the Centre for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, said the Russian intelligence agency (GRU) would launch a cyber attack prior to an invasion.

Mr Lewis continued: “The Russians are the best in the world in this type of warfare and they have the advantage that they built all the networks and utilities in Ukraine. 

“They know the country inside out.”

Some of the capabilities of GRU have already been displayed in the Salisbury poisonings and large-scale cyber attacks.

However, Lewis also warned “the really effective stuff is held in reserve by GRU”.

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He added: “If they wanted, they could turn off the country’s electrical power, disrupt every network and cause havoc.”

Russia has relentlessly launched major cyber operations in Ukraine over the past decade and most notably, NotPetya, the cyber attack that targeted Ukrainian transportation, power and finance to instil chaos.

The difference with NotPetya was that the impact was felt across the globe with large-scale operational disruptions and therefore a major impact on the global economy.

Since this attack, Russia has improved its cyber warfare methods to become much more accurately targeted in order to avoid causing international chaos.

The damage that could be caused is now far greater combined with the higher risk of an attack.

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Such attacks are used to lower the morale and optimism of countries such as Ukraine.

A cyber war combined with possible invasion is considered an extremely effective method of overrunning a country through sheer shock and fear.

Microsoft released a warning that it has identified newly added destructive malware in Ukrainian networks that cross multiple government, information technology organisations and non-profit organisations.

The former director of the US National Security Agency spoke out about the issue of shared defence and stated that those who underestimate the impact of cyber warfare on the West are displaying their naivety.

“We will all be faced with a 9/11-scale threat in cyberspace – the question is simply when. 

“Banding together is a must.”



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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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