The Kremlin’s website went down and Russian TV channels were ‘hacked into playing Ukrainian songs’ following a series of reported cyberattacks as Vladimir Putin’s attack on the country continued.
Ukraine’s state telecommunications agency said on Saturday that six Russian government websites, including the Kremlin’s, were down, according to The Kyiv Independent.
The agency also said the Russian media regulator’s website crashed and hackers told Russian TV channels to broadcast Ukrainian music.
Hacking collective Anonymous took to Twitter on Saturday morning and said it was “at war with Russia. Stay tuned.”
The latest move comes after the collective’s Twitter account said on Thursday that the group was “currently involved in operations against the Russian Federation”.
“We want the Russian people to understand that we know it is difficult for them to denounce their dictator for fear of reprisals,” they said.
“We, as a collective, only want world peace. We want a future for all humanity. So while people around the world are ripping your ISPs to shreds, understand that this is all directed at the actions of the Russian government and Putin.
President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Saturday that Ukraine’s armed forces had “derailed” Vladimir Putin’s plans to capture Kiev.
After intense fighting in Kyiv that saw an apartment building in the capital hit by a missile, President Zelensky remained defiant as he urged Ukrainians to defend the nation, saying: ‘We will give you weapons’ , in a video address.
“We resisted and successfully repelled enemy attacks. The fighting continues,” the Ukrainian president said in a moving speech.
The country’s national railway service also announced on Saturday that Ukrainian forces had blown up all railway lines connecting the country to Russia.