Ukraine hit by cyber attack as officials warned to 'be afraid and expect the worst'

The hack hit news in Russian, Polish and Ukrainian on official Kiev websites as Russian troops conducted rapid drills near the border. Many official websites of Ukraine have been ai removed

Russian troops conducted military exercises near the border (

Image: Russian Defense Ministry/east2west news)

Ukraine’s government websites were hit by a devastating cyberattack on Friday, which issued officials the chilling threat to “be scared and expect the worst.”

The crippling hack hit news in Russian, Polish and Ukrainian on official Kiev websites as Russian troops conducted rapid drills near the border.

Senior US diplomat Michael Carpenter warned: “The drumbeat of war is beating loud” as communications channels between Russia and the EU were severed.

Last-ditch peace talks were held between Washington and Moscow, but Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Russia and the EU had cut communications with Ukraine.

Many official websites of Ukraine have been shut down after posting messages shouting “Ukrainian! All your personal information has been uploaded to the public network. All data on the computer is destroyed, it is impossible to recover.

“All information about you has become public, be afraid and expect the worst. This applies to your past, present and future.”

A service member drives a BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicle during military exercises on the Kadamovsky range in the Rostov region, Russia
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The United States warned that the threat of a Russian military invasion was high as the dialogue promised by Moscow had reached an impasse.

The Kremlin has insisted on US guarantees that the West will block neighboring Ukraine from joining NATO and reverse the alliance’s decades-long expansion in Europe.

The United States has labeled the claims “non-starters.”

It follows months of troop buildup by Russia near the Ukrainian border, with 126,000 assault troops now amassed near the front lines.

A 250-mile border of trenches, artillery and assault troops has been dug on both sides – with Ukrainian forces in defense.

The front line, which runs through the contested Ukrainian regions of Luhansk and Donestk, is threatened by pro-Russian separatists, backed by regular and special forces from Russia.

In 2104, Russia forcibly annexed Crimea, sparking a war that has raged on the border ever since, costing around 14,000 lives.

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