EU Foreign and Security Policy Representative Josep Borrell warned that an escalation of the situation could overtake Kiev due to a cyber attack on government websites on January 14. His words are quoted by RIA Novosti.
“This cyberattack on Ukrainian government websites is unacceptable. Such actions are aimed at destabilizing Ukraine and spreading disinformation and could further escalate an already tense situation,” he said, adding that Ukraine “responded quickly and decisively to the attacks due to its increased cyber resilience.”
Borrell noted that the European Union (EU) and its member states are in contact with Ukraine and are ready to provide assistance in order to eliminate this attack and provide further support against any destabilizing actions, including “by further increasing its resilience to hybrid and cyber threats.
“We reaffirm our unconditional support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders,” Borrell concluded.
Websites of Ukrainian ministries and departments stopped working on the night of January 14. The resources of most departments of the country were unavailable, and on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defense an image appeared with a pig and state symbols of Ukraine crossed out. The text on the picture said that the alleged personal data of the Ukrainians were in the wrong hands.