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UK spy chief says Putin lost information war on Ukraine

The head of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service has said it has failed to gain ground in cyberspace against Ukraine almost six months after Russia invaded the country.

The head of intelligence, Jeremy Fleming, said both countries used their cyber capabilities in the war in Ukraine. In a column published Friday in The Economist, he wrote:

So far, President Putin has extensively lost the information war in Ukraine and the west. While this is cause for celebration, we should not underestimate how Russian disinformation plays out elsewhere in the world.

Just like the land invasion, Russia’s initial online plans seem to have fallen short. The country’s use of aggressive cyber tools was irresponsible and indiscriminate.”

Fleming said that Russia distributed WhisperGate malware to destroy and tamper with Ukrainian government systems.

Stating that Russia used the same scenario for Syria and the Balkans before, the Minister said that online disinformation is an important part of Russia’s strategy. However, he said GCHQ was able to intervene and provide timely warnings.

Without going into too much detail, Fleming said that the UK National Cyber ​​Force could respond to Russia by deploying a UK military unit using offensive cyber tools.

Summary and welcome

Hello and welcome back to the Guardian’s live broadcast on the war in Ukraine.

I’m Samantha Lock and I’ll be bringing you the latest for the short term. Whether you followed our news overnight or just entered, here are the latest lines.

Russia failed to gain ground cyberspace The head of Britain’s GCHQ intelligence service said it was fighting against Ukraine almost six months after it invaded the country.

The UN secretary general called for the immediate withdrawal of military forces from Ukraine. Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. António Guterres said he was “seriously concerned” about the situation in the region and needed to be demilitarized, adding: “We must say it as it is – any potential harm to Zaporizhzhia is suicidal.”

7.30 am in Ukraine. Here’s everything you might have missed:

  • Russian forces may be preparing to carry out a “provocation” at the Moscow-controlled Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plantUkrainian military intelligence warned. Ukraine’s defense intelligence agency said it was concerned that Russia was planning an incident at the facility on Friday and had information that personnel from Russia’s Rosatom nuclear company had left the site.

  • The UN secretary general called for the immediate withdrawal of military forces from the region.. António Guterres said he was “seriously concerned” about the situation at the facility and that it needed to be disarmed, adding: “We should say it as it is – any potential harm to Zaporizhzhia is suicidal.” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said that Guterres and the International Atomic Energy Agency monitor agreed on a framework for a visit to oversee the plant. “We are worried. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, “We don’t want another Chernobyl.”

  • At least 17 people were killed and 42 injured in two separate attacks on Kharkov by Russia., according to the district governor. Three civilians were killed and 17 injured in a rocket attack before dawn on Thursday, following an attack from Russia the day before. Oleh Synehubov described the attacks as “acts of terrorism”, adding that “17 people are now dead … and 42 injured in Kharkov”.

  • Two Russian villages were evacuated after a fire broke out in an ammunition depot. Local officials said on Thursday it was close to the border with Ukraine. An ammunition depot caught fire near the village of Timonovo, less than 50 km (30 mi) from the Ukrainian border in Belgorod province, the regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said in a statement.

  • US prepares additional military aid of about $800 million to Ukraine Three sources familiar with the matter could explain on Friday, he told Reuters on Thursday. President Joe Biden will allow the aid, using his presidential withdrawal power that allows the president to allow the transfer of weapons in excess of US stocks.

  • The Russian army announced that it has deployed warplanes. Armed with state-of-the-art hypersonic missiles to the Kaliningrad region of the country, this move has been widely interpreted as a response to the West’s arming of Ukraine.

  • Volodymyr Zelenskiy takes over a big press conference after getting annoyed by a translator’s inability to properly translate their comments into English. Zelenskiy took action after the translator, who met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and United Nations Secretary General António Guterres, cut his words short.

  • Zelensky confirms that Ukraine has not changed its stance on peace negotiationsHe said talks with Russia would only be possible if Russian forces left the illegally occupied territory in Ukraine.

  • Estonia exposed to extensive cyberattacks After his government removed a Soviet-era tank monument from an area predominantly populated by ethnic Russians, he said. Estonia’s foreign minister also defended his country’s decision to ban Russian tourists.

Russia’s war in Ukraine: latest developments
Russia’s war in Ukraine: latest developments