Ukrainian government websites were hit by a cyber attack on Friday. It is believed to be an attempt by Vladimir Putin to destabilize the former Soviet Union state before launching a physical invasion
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Russia could invade Ukraine within days of a massive cyber attack on Friday, experts warn.
The online blitz on government websites left much of the eastern European country without warmth, light and access to money.
It is believed to be a classic attempt by President Vladimir Putin to destabilize the former Soviet Union state before launching a physical invasion with 100,000 Russian troops at the border.
Some analysts believe the Russian leader will use fake attacks on his soldiers as a pretext for an invasion.
British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, who met with Scandinavian defense ministers this week, said today: “Our discussions were clear that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would be a strategic mistake, violating the most fundamental freedoms and sovereignty.”
Tobias Ellwood, chief of the Commons Defense Committee, said: “I fear an invasion by Russian forces is inevitable and imminent and we have allowed that to happen. Only President Putin knows what he will do next, but next week seems crucial.”
Ukraine’s top security official Oleksiy Danilov said he was 99.9% certain that Russia was behind the cyberattack.
The Russian Defense Ministry released a film of armored vehicles being loaded onto trains in what it described as an exercise for long-distance deployment.
Meanwhile, in a rare show of cooperation between Russia and the US, a Moscow court has remanded three suspected members of cybercrime group REvil, which targets American companies.