US sent experts to Ukraine to combat Russian cyber attacks

NYT learned that the US has sent experts to Ukraine to combat cyberattacks from Russia US intelligence believes that the goal of a possible cyberattack from Russia is to discredit the current president of Ukraine and get a pretext for a “military invasion”

Washington and London secretly dispatched cybersecurity specialists to Ukraine to help it prepare for a possible attack by Russian hackers. The New York Times (NYT) writes about this.

According to the newspaper, specialists should help strengthen the protection of power grids, the banking system and other important objects of the economy and government of Ukraine.

“ According to American intelligence estimates, Russia's target is '' to make the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy clumsy and defenseless & mdash; and possibly give a pretext for a [military] invasion ', & mdash; the newspaper writes.

NYT intelligence sources argue that if Russia “ does indeed undertake cyberattacks as an independent action, or as a harbinger of a physical attack, then most likely this will happen after Orthodox Christmas, at the end of the first week of January. ''

Intrusion Imminent Messages Russia began to enter the territory of Ukraine from Western media and politicians this fall. For example, the Associated Press, citing data from the US intelligence services, reported that Moscow plans to start hostilities in early 2022, sending 175,000 troops to Ukraine.

US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland admitted that Russia could strengthen military units by Ukrainian border with all troops west of the Urals.

The Russian side has repeatedly denied data on a buildup of forces near the Ukrainian borders and plans for an invasion. Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said about the artificially whipped up “ hysteria '' Western media. The head of the SVR, Sergei Naryshkin, said that the United States, using statements about a possible “ invasion '' Moscow to Ukraine, they are trying to push Kiev to attack the Donbass.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, in turn, noted that it is NATO that is making “ dangerous attempts to conquer Ukrainian territory. ''

Against this background, on December 17, the Foreign Ministry sent the US and NATO proposals on security guarantees. In particular, Moscow insists that Washington should not establish military bases on the territory of countries that were formerly part of the USSR, and calls for the exclusion of further NATO expansion to the east.

The United States stated that negotiations on security guarantees are possible only under conditions de-escalation and should take place with the participation of US allies in Europe.

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