Russia allegedly disabled online connections and mobile communications in Kherson and in the part of the Zaporizhzhia region, blaming it on the Ukrainian government.
"The disconnection is caused by line breakages at fiber-optic backbones and a power outage with service operators' equipment in these regions," State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP) said.
It further noted that connection issues occurred simultaneously and with all mobile service operators and terrestrial Internet service providers.
Ukraine views it as Russia's attempt to leave Ukrainians without access to the “true information on developments in the war waged by Russia against Ukraine."
Kherson is one of the key Ukrainian regions eyed by Putin. He wants to declare the occupied territory the so-called "Kherson People's Republic."
"Kremlin henchmen are determined to provide their boss with at least some kind of "victory" he can feed to his electorate. Unable to achieve success on the battlefield, they are desperately looking for a way out. Creating so-called "people's republics" is one such way out," SSSCIP said.
After the communications in the mentioned regions were disabled, Russian media was flooded with claims that the Ukrainian government ordered the shutdown of the internet and communications. In defense, Ukraine said that giving its citizens access to communications and information is essential.
"Disabling Ukrainian communications, just like introducing the aggressor country's currency and forcing to pay taxes to occupant's formations, are intended to make at least an appearance of a new quasi-state for Russian domestic consumption. Against this background, they plan to feed the fake results of a possible fake referendum to the Russian populace," SSSCIP said.
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