Ukraine Launched Cyber Offensive

  • Ukraine banned Yandex in 2017.
  • This week Ukraine wants VK platform gone from the Ukraine.
  • Ukrainian nationals using VK platform will be entered in the law enforcement database.

This week, the Ukraine Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Alexey Danilov, dealt a decisive blow to the “unruly” Russian social network Vkontakte. VK is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.

Ukraine TV Dizel Show

On September 23, On the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers adopted a special resolution on the initiative. According to the document, all national authorities, including internal ones, must provide a set of measures to block the aggressor’s online stores,  sites with Russian TV series and movies, the VK social network,  the aggressor’s (Russia)  satellite TV.

There is a large demand for the Russian content. As Ukraine besides amazing comedy Dizel Show  does not have much of  good content that is enticing or even interesting. This is due to the fact that during the Soviet Era and in the 1990s many moved to Moscow.

At the online conference “Digital transformation of the state: prospects and risks of cybersecurity”, the security Council Secretary was forced to make a special statement. The “elusive proxy” has not yet been detected and calculated via IP.

The Security Council involved the  European and American partners in the case, who will aide with the start of the”proxy detention” within a few days.

Ukraine made it clear, anyone in Ukraine using Vkontakte will be registered in the law enforcement database as  potential traitors or terrorists. At present, it is estimated close to 6 million Ukrainians use Vkontakte daily.

Ukraine will use IP addresses to identify the users. Also it is possible their equipment can be seized too.

VKontakte Interface, a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.

Ukraine does not want any Russian content in Ukraine. However, it is very hard to do because social networks have been intertwined with Russia.

It also creates tensions between the eastern and western Ukraine.  Ukraine also opposes any merchandise that is sold on the social platform with the depiction of Putin or any other political figures. In the democratic society people should be entitled to have an opposing view.

In 2017, one of the largest Russian search engines Yandex was blocked. Yandex is a Russian alternative to Google. Ukraine also removed any Russian content from the radio waves. How are such politics differing from the Soviet Union?

Overall, Ukraine expects to have cybersecurity units in every large city to monitor content and the users to prevent entry of anything from Russia. The question remains, when did isolationism ever worked.

It is quite noticeable that there is a trend to implement English words into Ukrainian language. However, it makes the language not pure. If the intent to maintain nationalism, why take the proper grammar and use of the Ukrainian language?

In conclusion, it is clear Ukraine wants to be as far away from Russia as possible. It is very hard to do given the border proximity, blended families and certain areas that are only Russian speaking.

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Christina Kitova

I spent most of my professional life in finance, insurance risk management litigation.

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