U.S. intelligence believes that Russia, instead of invading Ukrainian territory, could carry out a cyber attack that will disable the power grid, the banking system and “other important components of Ukraine’s economy and government.” To prevent that, the United States and Great Britain sent cyber security experts to Ukraine.
According to the New York Times, which cites US intelligence estimates, Russia would thus try to expose Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky as “incompetent and helpless, and perhaps an excuse for invasion.”
It is not specified how many people are included in this group.
One of the representatives of the American intelligence services explained that carrying out a cyber attack “will not require the occupation” of Ukraine, and can also help Russia avoid sanctions that will “almost certainly follow” in the event of an invasion. Sources in the New York Times believe that the Russian side could carry out a cyber attack after Orthodox Christmas, at the end of the first week of January.
Washington has not officially confirmed the information about sending a team of cyber security experts. The US administration stated that it “has long supported Ukraine’s efforts to strengthen cyber defense and increase its cyber resilience.”
The media wrote that the United States expects that 175 thousand Russian soldiers will attack Ukraine at the beginning of 2022. Commenting on this topic, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Moscow is pursuing a peaceful foreign policy, but has the right to protect its security.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that Russia is moving troops within its territory and at its own discretion. According to him, it does not threaten anyone and should not worry anyone.
Source: Informacija.rs by www.informacija.rs.
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