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On the global stage, there are few bad guys as obvious and belligerent as Russia, and this has been true for decades now.
The latest unconscionable lurch from Moscow appears to be an imminent invasion of Ukraine – a neighboring, sovereign nation, rich in natural gas, that has no desire to fall under the Kremlin’s canopy.
And while the military assets being amassed by Russia on the two nations’ shared border are an obvious sign of things to come, there are clandestine clashes occurring as well.
A number of Ukrainian government websites were targeted in a cyberattack with threatening text warning Ukrainians to “be afraid and wait for the worst” and alleging their personal information has been hacked.
“As a result of a massive cyberattack, the websites of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a number of other government agencies are temporarily down,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said on his official Twitter account on Friday.
“Our specialists have already started restoring the work of IT systems, and the cyberpolice has opened an investigation,” he added.
“According to an investigation by the Center for Strategic Communications and Information Security, the first data suggests that the attack was carried out by the Russian Federation,” the Ukrainian Information Ministry said in a statement.
“This is not the first time or even the second time that Ukrainian Internet resources have been attacked since the beginning of the Russian military aggression,” it added.
Putin has been repeatedly warned, by the US, NATO, and the G-7, not to invade Ukraine. He has responded, through a known media mouthpiece, that anyone attempting to interfere with his plans for an invasion will be turned into “radioactive dust”.
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