“All the evidence suggests that Russia is behind the cyber attack,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Digital Transformation said. “Moscow continues the hybrid war,” it said.
The ministry urged the people of Ukraine not to panic, stressing that private information is protected.
According to the ministry, the aim of the attack was “not only to intimidate the public, but also to destabilize the situation in Ukraine by suspending the public sector and undermining the confidence of the Ukrainian people in the authorities”.
The Kremlin has previously denied Russia’s involvement in the widespread cyber attack on Ukraine, stressing that there is no evidence of such a commitment.
“We have nothing to do with it. Russia has nothing to do with these cyber attacks,” Dmitry Peskov, a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, told CNN, adding that “Ukraine blames Russia for everything, even the bad weather in their country.”
Ukraine said on Friday it had revealed initial indications that the Russian security services might have organized a cyber attack.
On Friday morning, the Security Service of Ukraine announced that a cyber attack was aimed at the websites of 70 government institutions.
At the time of the attack, the Foreign Ministry’s website had a sign in Ukrainian, Russian and English saying “fear and wait for the worst”.
Within a few hours, the pages were restored and no data leaks occurred.
However, Microsoft warned on Sunday that the cyber attack could prove more devastating than initially thought and affect more organizations
The US technology company said it was continuing to analyze the malware and warned it could paralyze the Ukrainian government’s digital infrastructure.
“Malware that is designed to look like squeezing software, but does not have a ransom mechanism, is designed to destroy and is designed to make target devices unusable rather than receive a ransom,” reads the Microsoft blog.
The company stressed that it had not yet identified the perpetrator of the attack, but warned that several other Ukrainian-based governments and non-governmental information technology organizations could be affected.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine have reached unprecedented levels. Ukraine accuses Russia of concentrating troops on the country’s border in preparation for a possible invasion. Some analysts fear that a cyber attack could be the beginning of a military attack.
On Friday, the United States also accused Russia of sending explosives-trained saboteurs to stage an incident that could be used as a pretext for an invasion of a Western-backed neighborhood.
Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba said Kiev and its Western partners were working on a comprehensive “package to contain Russia”, including new, painful sanctions and enhanced defense cooperation with the West.
In an interview with the German newspaper Bild, Kuleba emphasized that Putin “only understands the language of force”.
“If Putin wants to know why his neighbors want to join NATO, he just has to look in the mirror,” he said.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnik, called on German Foreign Minister Annalen Berbok to pledge arms supplies during his first visit to Ukraine.
Melnik acknowledged that Ukraine understands that Germany’s new coalition agreement is a plan to restrict arms exports by preventing arms supplies to crisis areas, but stressed that “these political documents are not biblical. And the world is currently threatened by a giant war in Europe .gada “.
The ambassador said that “failure to provide assistance” in Germany was a criminal offense, as was interstate relations.
“We therefore call on the German government, and in particular Foreign Minister Berbok, to urgently assist Ukraine with the necessary defense weapons. This is due to morality and humanism,” Melnik said in an interview.
Ukraine has for years called on Germany to supply it with weapons to defend itself against a possible Russian invasion, but has not yet received a response.
Burbok will visit Ukraine on Monday. This will be her first visit to the country since becoming a minister. She will then meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Tuesday.
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