Russian invasion harms internet access in Ukraine

The news: Russian military strikes in Ukrainian cities are responsible for various internet blackouts across the country.

More on this: The UK Ministry of Defense said it was “very likely” that collateral damage from the Russian attacks was the direct cause of the disruption in internet access, by PCMag.

  • “Over the past week, internet outages have been reported in Mariupol, Sumy, Kyivand Kharkov“The ministry said. These four cities are currently under siege and facing heavy shelling. “Russia is likely targeting Ukraine’s communications infrastructure to reduce Ukrainian citizens’ access to news and information reliable.”
  • The main Internet service provider of Ukraine, Ukrtelecomreported that the Russian bombings were causing serious damage to its telecommunications networks.
  • “We remind you that due to infrastructure damage during the fighting, subscribers in 12 regions are experiencing reduced internet access speeds,” the company said. wrote on his Facebook page.

The problem: While Ukrtelecom repair crews managed to restore some Internet services, the service provider is forced to limit customers’ bandwidth. What little Internet connectivity is available is slow, affecting critical communications.

A solution: The Ukrainian government is working with SpaceX’s Starlink, which sends terminals to the ground for satellite Internet access. “Next week we will receive another batch of Starlink systems for destroyed cities,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tweeted Saturday.

What’s the catch: SpaceX CEO Elon Musk warned that the Russian military will likely target Starlink terminals in Ukraine. The situation remains precarious as Russian forces continue to target infrastructure.

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