Ukraine Struck by Massive Cyberattack

Ukraine’s Ministry of Digital Transformation head Mykhailo Fedorov, revealed via Telegram that several government websites had been hit by massive cyberattacks Wednesday as the US reportedly warned Kyiv that a full-scale Russian invasion could begin within the next 48 hours.

Federov added that the attack had impacted some banks but did not reveal further details.

There were no reports of responsibility for the attack, but US and Western officials have warned that such hacks by Russian-backed actors could be a prelude to invasion.

Newsweek reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “has been warned Russia will highly likely begin an invasion within 48 hours based on US intelligence.” 

The report also said that if Moscow invades Ukraine in the coming days, the Pentagon anticipates airstrikes, cruise missiles, and a ground invasion, with the help of pro-Russian separatists in the eastern Donbas region and from Belarus. 

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the self-declared pro-Russia Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic as independent states and dispatched “peacekeeping” forces to the region. 

On Tuesday, President Biden said the Russian action represented the “beginning” of an invasion of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, western nations, including the US and UK, have begun to impose sanctions against Russia in response to Putin’s latest moves.

“Let me be totally clear – no Russian financial institution is safe if the invasion proceeds,” deputy national security adviser Daleep Singh said.

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