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ukraine-cyberattacles / (Lead 1, Photo): Lead 1-l'ukraine struck by a vast computer attack, Russia deploys troops
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by Pavel Polityuk and Tom Balmforth
Kiev, January 14 (Reuters) - Ukraine was struck by a magnitude computer attack that issued messages on the main government sites warning citizens " To be afraid and expecting the worst ", even as Russia, which has massaged more than 100,000 soldiers near the border, revealed Friday on television of the images of a new deployment of troops.
This attack occurs after several days of discussions between Moscow and the Western powers that have not resulted in any progress to raise the fears of a possible invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Fears of Russian invasion of Ukraine rises despite US push for diplomacy
U.S. officials are raising alarm that Russian threats of war against Ukraine are spiking dangerously despite the conclusion of a week of diplomatic meetings aimed at avoiding the outbreak of open conflict. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Thursday that Russia is preparing a "false flag" operation to use as a pretext to launch an offensive against Kyiv on top of its buildup of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border.National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan warned Thursday that Russia is preparing a "false flag" operation to use as a pretext to launch an offensive against Kyiv on top of its buildup of more than 100,000 troops on Ukraine's eastern border.
Moscow said Thursday that his efforts to convince the West to prevent the expansion of NATO towards the East, via the integration of Ukraine, had led it to a dead end and threatened Conduct military actions without specifying nature.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, said Friday that Russia hoped that the security discussions with the United States would resume but warned that it would depend on Washington's response to Moscow's proposals.
"We will not categorically accept the appearance of NATO just to our borders, especially given the current line of conduct for Ukrainian leaders," he said.
interviewed as to the military actions, Sergei Lavrov indicated that it was to deploy military equipment.
"When we make decisions with military equipment, we understand what we mean and what we are preparing for," he said.
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The CEO of Ukrainian state energy giant Naftogaz says it is absurd for Nord Stream 2 not to be among the top priorities of international talks with the Kremlin.His comments come shortly after a meeting of the NATO-Russia Council on Wednesday. It was the second high-level meeting this week between Western officials and Russia after high-profile talks between the U.S. and Kremlin officials on Monday. A further meeting is taking place at the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe in Vienna Thursday.
Video: Vladimir Putin promises a "military and technique" response adequate in case of Western threats (Le Figaro)
"This is probably coverage for units that move to Ukraine," said Rob Lee, military analyst and member of the United States Foreign Policy Research Institute. "Expect at the worst"
Ukrainian leaders have launched an investigation into the cyberattack, which in turn affected some 70 government's websites including that of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Cabinet of Ministers and the Security and Defense Council .
If they have not directly accused Russia from being behind this attack, they clearly indicated that they suspected Moscow. Russia did not comment but had denied in the past being at the origin of similar attacks.
As the U.S. seeks to calm Russia tensions, Europe pushes to be included
The U.S. and Russia are having key talks next week and the EU's top diplomat is disappointed that the bloc will not be around the table as well. A potential Russian invasion of Ukraine is a top concern for many leaders, given multiple reports of heightened military activity close to the border. In a bid to ease these tensions, top U.S. and Russian officials will be gathering in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday. This meeting will precede wider talks between Russia and members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Wednesday.
"Ukrainians! All your personal data has been uploaded to the public network. All computer data is destroyed, it is impossible to restore them," said a visible message on pirated government sites, written in Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.
"All the information about you have become public, take afraid and expect to the worst. This applies to your past, your present and your future".
The Government of Ukrainian indicated that the sites affected by the cyberattack and assured that no personal data had been stolen.
NATO reacted Friday announcing that it would sign in the coming days a new agreement with Kiev on closer cyber-defense cooperation, which will provide access to Ukraine to the Alliance system. Sharing information about malware.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement that the organization's cybersecurity experts worked with the Ukrainian authorities to respond to the IT attack, both remotely from the headquarters of Brussels and on the ground in Ukraine.
The cyberattaker was also sentenced by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.
"I can not blame anyone because I have no proof, but we can imagine," he said.
(with the contribution of Matthias Williams to Kiev, Anton Kolodyazhny, Tom Balmforth and Andrew Osborn in Moscow, Sabine Siebold and John Irish in Brest, written by Mark Trevelyan and Peter Graff, Blandine Hénault for the French version, edited by Nicolas Delame and Sophie rental)
Sweden deploys troops on Gotland Island, a consequence of the tensions between Moscow and NATO .
Sweden deploys military and armored on the Gotland Island in response to the aggravation of tensions between Russia and NATO member countries. © Frame Swedish soldiers and armored vehicles landing on Gotland Island, the largest in the country . Stockholm deploys strengths, an unusual initiative in response to a rise in Russian activity in the region. Three ships circulated this week in the Baltic Sea crossing the Strait of the Grand Belt in Denmark.