Russia claimed this Saturday to have killed “up to 80” Polish fighters in a bombardment in eastern Ukrainewhere heavy fighting is taking place between Ukrainian and Russian forces.
“Up to 80 Polish mercenaries, 20 armored fighting vehicles and eight Grad multiple rocket launchers were destroyed in shelling [realizados con] high-precision weapons against the Megatex zinc factory in the town of Konstantinovka” in the Donetsk region, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.
The attacks occurred on the same day that Russia confirmed that it removed a Polish flag from a memorial of the murder of thousands of Poles at the hands of the Soviet Union in 1940.
Konstantinovka (Kostiantynivka in Ukrainian) is located in Donetsk, the scene of heavy fighting since the launch of the Russian offensive in Ukraine in late February.
The Russian ministry did not specify whether the bombings against that town were carried out on Friday or Saturday.
In addition, he stated that “more than 300 Ukrainian military and foreign mercenaries, as well as 35 heavy weapons, were destroyed in one day in Mikolaiv”in the south of Ukraine.
Russia describes all foreign volunteers as “mercenaries” fighting alongside the Ukrainian forces.
In April, the Russian Ministry of Defense stated that around thirty Polish “mercenaries” had been killed in the Kharkiv region, in northeastern Ukraine.
Poland was recently the victim of cyberattacks from Russia
Poland is one of the main targets of cyber attacks launched from Russia against “allies of Ukraine”according to a report by Microsoft and computer security experts from various companies.
“It is nothing new, Russian hacker attacks have always been frequent and since the invasion of Ukraine began (February 24) they have intensified”explained to Eph on the phone this thursday Mariusz PawlackIT security expert at one of the big Polish banks.
A report published by the Microsoft company on Wednesday revealed that in recent weeks there have been internet attacks from Russia against 128 entities from 42 countries and that Poland was one of the hardest hit.
According to Microsoft, these cyberattacks were “backed” by the Kremlin and were directed mainly against countries whose governments support the Ukrainian, such as the United States, Poland, Lithuania, Finland and Sweden.
Recently, the computer system of the Polish national railways, public bodies in Poland, the website of the Polish news agency Pap, as well as the websites of various Polish media, have been subjected to massive hacking attacks that Warsaw attributed to Russia.
According to Polish media this Thursday, yuri shiholhead of the State Service of Ukraine for Special Communications and Information Protection, “(Vladimir) Putin initiated, at the same time as the military invasion of Ukraine, the first world cyber war”.
“It’s not just people who work for the Russian government,” Shihol said, “There are also mercenaries, in the style of the Wagner Group, who are bought to extend the war to cyberspace”.
As an example, the head of the Ukrainian service mentioned a cyberattack on the Odessa city hall, which coincided with a cruise missile attack on the city.
As could be verified Ephduring the day on Wednesday and Thursday, several news websites and even the digital systems of some large businesses experienced difficulties with their computer systems, although it could not be confirmed until now if this was due to a hacker attack.
In Poland, a group of computer security experts calling themselves “Squad303″ created a system to text, email or call random Russian phone numbers with anti-war messages and unbiased information about the war in Ukraine.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
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