November 30, 2022

President Biden mentioned Tuesday {that a} Russian invasion of Ukraine “stays distinctly conceivable,” however held out hope {that a} diplomatic answer might be reached.

“That is about extra than simply Russia and Ukraine — it is about status for what we imagine in,” Mr. Biden mentioned. 

Mr. Biden mentioned the U.S. has “now not verified” Russian claims that it has began a troop drawdown close to Ukraine, and U.S. analysts nonetheless imagine there are 150,000 troops circling the border with Ukraine and Belarus. 

Whilst the U.S. has dominated out sending troops into Ukraine to shield in opposition to a Russian assault, the president warned Russian President Vladimir Putin that the U.S. would take motion if Russian forces transfer into any of the NATO nations surrounding Ukraine, pronouncing “an assault on NATO is an assault on all people.” 

Mr. Biden’s deal with on the White Space got here after Ukrainian officers mentioned Tuesday that a few of their nationwide safety and fiscal websites have been below assault by way of hackers.

The Ukrainian Defense Ministry tweeted that its site has most probably been hit by way of a denial-of-service assault, noting that “an over the top selection of requests in line with 2d was once recorded.”  

President Joe Biden speaks about Ukraine within the East Room of the White Space, Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, in Washington.

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The ministry mentioned that it is operating on restoring the site. 

Ukraine’s Middle for Strategic Communications and Knowledge Safety showed stories of the cyberattacks, pointing out, “For the previous few hours, Privatbank has been below a large DDoS assault.” Customers reported that they have been having issues of bills, in addition to with the app. Some had bother logging in, whilst others may just now not get right of entry to their steadiness or contemporary transactions, in keeping with the middle.

Privatbank mentioned that depositors’ budget face “no risk” — it is simply the app this is affected, and fiscal transactions “are carry out[ing] in most cases.” Oschadbank’s web banking is down. 

The middle theorized, “It’s conceivable that the aggressor resorted to the ways of petty mischief, as a result of by way of and massive, his competitive plans don’t paintings.” Then again, it didn’t blame Putin for the assaults, and it’s lately unclear at the moment who’s in the back of the assaults.

The remaining vital cyberattack on Ukraine happened in January, and Ukraine’s ambassador advised CBS Information’ Margaret Brennan that an invasion by way of Moscow was once prone to be preceded by way of hacking.

“If Russia makes a decision on a complete invasion, then we all know that we must be expecting larger cyberattacks earlier than that,” Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.S. Oksana Markarova advised CBS Information.

The FBI and Division of Hometown Safety on Monday held a choice to warn legislation enforcement, army and U.S. infrastructure stakeholders to be ready for doable Russian cyberattacks that correspond with a conceivable invasion of Ukraine. 

— David Martin, Tucker Reals, Olivia Gazis, Eleanor Watson, Nicole Sganga, Kathryn Watson and Caroline Linton contributed to this file.

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