Stoltenberg warns that Russia is waging an “invisible war”. What does he ask of the allied states?

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday referred to Russia’s “invisible war” in cyberspace and called on allies to invest more in this “vital” area for collective defence.

“The challenge is real and growing. This is why our cyber defense strategy is so important, allies must invest more and intensify their cooperation. It is a vital part of our collective defense,” Stoltenberg said.

The statements were made during a forum on this subject in Rome, where he also met the new head of the Italian government, Giorgia Meloni, according to the EFE agency, quoted by Agerpres.

Hours after Russian troops crossed the Ukrainian border on February 24, “cyberattacks hit the Ukrainian government, military departments and emergency services”, and “since then attacks have continued, such as the ‘ Data Wiping’) of the Ukrainian authorities, companies and the energy sector”, he recalled, also referring to the cyberattacks on the Ukrainian railways, which transport military equipment.

The Russians have “tried but failed” in these attacks, also said Stoltenberg, who called for NATO countries to maintain and strengthen cooperation in cyberspace as well as for continued cooperation with “more 40 private companies” in the technology sector.

In Ukraine, Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite network maintains communications and internet access, companies like Amazon and Microsoft also offer their services, while social media has blocked or restricted Russian media.

“We will continue to support Ukraine for as long as necessary. And part of the Russian invasion is an invisible war in cyberspace,” Stoltenberg said.

On the other hand, he described as “a new victory for kyiv” the announcement by Russia on Wednesday of the withdrawal of its troops from the west bank of the Dnieper in the Ukrainian province of Kherson, including from its homonymous capital.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that he had ordered the withdrawal because there was a risk that Russian troops would fall under the encirclement of Ukrainian troops, especially if Ukraine bombed the Nova Kahovka Dam , which would flood much of Kherson and cut off Russian troops across the Dnieper.

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