Coincidences are not evidence, but the fact is that following the breakdown of negotiations between Russia and the West, Ukraine was subjected to a large-scale cyber attack and several government websites were targeted. “Be afraid and expect the worst,” read a message — in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish — posted on the homepage of hacked portals, including the Foreign Ministry. This incident adds tension to the already tense situation and the United States announces that it has information about an imminent covert Russian operation on Ukrainian territory to create a pretext for military action. The “false flag” – a technical term much loved by conspiracy theorists – created by the Kremlin would provide the use of special commandos, already deployed in the country, trained in the use of explosives to carry out acts of sabotage against the same Russian-backed forces in the Donbass. A US official told CNN that “the Russian military plans to begin these activities several weeks before the military invasion, which could begin between mid-January and mid-February.” “We actually saw that pattern in 2014 with Crimea.” At the same time, the Russians reportedly launched an intense digital disinformation campaign to prepare public opinion, Ukrainian and otherwise, for the need for such intervention to avoid alleged violations of the rights of the Russian-speaking population in the disputed regions of eastern Ukraine — all allegations that the Kremlin called “baseless.” . However, the response to today’s cyberattack was immediate. Expressing his condemnation, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announced that in the next few days “NATO and Ukraine will sign an agreement on increasing cyber cooperation, including Kiev’s access to the NATO information exchange platform malware.” Not only. Allied Internet experts are already “supporting the Ukrainian authorities on the ground.” That the digital sphere will be one of the hot fronts of the confrontation with Russia is not a mystery, and in recent days in several buildings in Brussels there has been open talk of strengthening Ukrainian structures in this sense. The European Union will also play its role, and the head of diplomacy, Josep Borrell, has announced a mission to Kiev from the European Digital Task Force. “Unfortunately – announced in Brest at the end of the unofficial foreign affairs of 27 – this will not be the last cyber-attack against Ukraine.” Borrell stressed that there is currently no clear evidence of who is behind this destabilizing act. “But we’ll know,” he commented. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, after announcing an imminent visit to Ukraine with his German counterpart Annalina Berbuk, highlighted, in any case, the “unanimous” desire of the 27 to continue dialogue with Moscow, demanding the “widest possible scope”. European intervention.” While Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky asked Joe Biden to organize a “trilogy” with Vladimir Putin (online) to encourage détente.
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