Russia ‘targets Ukraine’s communications infrastructure so it can’t access information’, UK says
According to the Ministry of Defense, Russia is “probably” targeting Ukraine’s communications infrastructure to reduce Ukrainian citizens’ access to reliable news and information.
Putin’s forces reportedly struck a television tower in Kharviv on Sunday, suspending the broadcast, a Defense Ministry statement said this morning. This mirrors a similar strike on a television tower in Kyiv a week earlier on March 1.
Due to the collateral damage caused by Russian strikes on infrastructure, it is also very likely that Ukrainian internet access will be interrupted, the update adds.
Over the past week, internet outages have been reported in Mariupol, Sumy, Kyiv and Kharviv.
The weekend saw two failed ceasefire attempts as Russian troops bombarded Ukraine from three directions – centre, north and south – resulting in the deaths of eight Ukrainian civilians trying to flee, including a family of four people.
In an address on Sunday evening, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky condemned the “atrocities” of Russian troops over the weekend.
Ukrainian officials called the failure of evacuation efforts “catastrophic”.
However, Monday morning saw a new ceasefire attempt to allow civilians in Kharviv, Mariupol and Sumy to leave using the humanitarian corridors, according to the Interfax news agency.
Calls to impose a no-fly zone over Ukraine to protect the country’s skies have been denied as the head of Britain’s armed forces has become the latest military leader to rule out a no-fly zone, warning that could trigger an “escalation” if NATO were to shoot down Russian planes.
This was backed by Tom Tughendat, chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, who said he was unsure whether a no-fly zone would make much of a difference.
Talk to AML, he said: “The reality is that most of the damage, most of the killing, most of the attack, is by artillery – what the Russians call the god of war.
“Artillery is not affected by a no-fly zone. So I’m not absolutely certain that a no-fly zone would make all the difference that many are hoping for.
“Having said that, I can understand why they’re asking for it, because it’s a way of asking in layman’s terms for defense against air attack – in fact, that defense is provided by Stinger missiles extremely effectively.”
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