Ukraine, which believes Russia is behind regular attacks on its computer systems, is trying to roll out a national strategy to keep state institutions and major companies safe. Moscow denies that it is behind cyber attacks on its neighbour.
The pro-EU leaders who rose to power after a February 2014 revolution toppled the Kremlin-backed leadership view the bloodshed as an effort by Russian President Vladimir Putin to continue exerting control over Kiev.
The war between the two sides has killed more than 10,000 people in three years. “The president’s suggestion is a step,” said German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer, adding many further steps were needed before sanctions could be lifted.
Antonio Pampliega and Angel Sastre wrote on Twitter they had been barred from entering Ukraine at Kiev’s main airport last week.
A total of almost 13,000 Russian and Belarussian servicemen and almost 700 pieces of military hardware will be used in the Zapad 2017 exercises next month, Russian news agencies cited Russian Deputy Defence Minister Alexander Fomin as saying.
The career of Sergei Yeliseyev helps to explain why Ukraine’s armed forces gave up Crimea almost without a fight – and why NATO now says it is alert to Russian attempts to undermine military loyalty in its eastern European members.
Ukraine signed a cease-fire deal with the separatists in 2015 which also provided for a gradual return of the areas into Kiev’s fold while giving some autonomy to the areas. The agreement was never fully implemented.
“Russia has maintained its aggressive actions against Ukraine, but NATO and NATO allies stand by Ukraine and stand on your side,” Stoltenberg said in his opening remarks of the NATO-Ukraine Commission session in Kiev.
Ukrainian politicians were quick to blame Russia for Tuesday’s attack, but a Kremlin spokesman dismissed “unfounded blanket accusations”.
Russia’s Rosneft, one of the world’s biggest crude producers by volume, said its systems had suffered “serious consequences,” but added oil production had not been affected because it switched over to backup systems.
Ukraine’s delivery service company Nova Poshta, which was also attacked today, identified the virus that hit its computers as Petya.A, a type of ransomware which locks users out of the system and demands purchase of a key to reinstate access.
The U.S. embassy’s compound on the western outskirts of Kiev is surrounded by a high fence, making it difficult for a passer-by to hurl something there.
In ‘three-parent procedure’, a woman’s egg is first fertilised with her partner’s sperm. Then its nucleus is transferred to a donor’s egg that has been stripped of its own nucleus. The egg is thus almost entirely made up of genetic material from the couple — plus a tiny amount from the female donor’s DNA.
Overall, Ukraine has received USD 8.3 billion from the IMF since the package was approved in February 2015
The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 passenger jet was shot down over eastern Ukraine on July 17, 2014 en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur killing all 298 on board, most of them Dutch citizens.