In a statement sent to the media, National Security Council spokeswoman Emily Horne said that “the United States and its allies are concerned” about the cyber attack and that President Joe Biden has been briefed on the incident.
“We are in contact with the Ukrainians and have offered their assistance while Ukraine investigates the effects and nature of the accidents and repairs the damage,” the statement said. At the same time, Horn said the United States has not yet identified those responsible for the attack, but said the impact appears limited. She also confirmed that the United States will provide Kiev with everything it needs to repair the damage.
According to the Ukrainian authorities, dozens of Ukrainian government websites have fallen victim to a large-scale cyber attack. As a result of the attack, which occurred Thursday night, about 70 sites of various national and regional structures were damaged, said Victor Ora, representative of the state’s Special Communications and Information Protection Service, during the briefing. A message appeared on the pages – with obvious grammatical errors – in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish, according to which hackers obtained data on Ukrainians and mention, inter alia, the massacre of Volyn.
Three-way talks with Putin
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed to US leader Joe Biden to hold three-way talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Chief of Staff of the President of Ukraine Andrei Yermak has told him.
President Zelensky has suggested to President Biden – and we think he might succeed – to have a trilateral meeting with Putin in the near future. It could be via a video link – Jermak said on the Atlantic Council’s YouTube channel.
– At the moment, we are waiting for a reaction – it seems to me that the Russian side – but I can say that our American partners have shown some interest in our proposal – confirmed Zelensky’s closest partners, quoted by the Ukrainian portal Pravda on Friday.
The website wrote that the talks would be related to de-escalation of the military tension caused by the concentration of Russian forces on the Ukrainian border.
The portal notes that it is not known when Zelensky made such a proposal to Biden. And he remembered that the last conversation between the two presidents took place on January 3, before the negotiations between the American and Russian delegations in Geneva.
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