Russia Strikes Ukraine In Possible Cyberwar Attack

( As Russia continues to send troops to the border of Ukraine and peace talks with the United States and Europe come to no positive conclusion, Ukraine just got hit by a major cyberattack that experts are claiming came from Russian hacking gangs.

The cyberattack saw a warning placed on Ukrainian government websites telling people to “be afraid and expect the worst.”

If it does come from Russia, and if the criminal hackers behind the move are endorsed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, it’s a clear indication that any discussions with the North American Treaty Alliance are likely to result in nothing other than Russia insisting that the West stay out of its business.

The attack took place right after negotiations took place, which Russian officials said resulted in nothing constructive. President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly warned over the last year that Western forces should stay out of the Ukraine debate while offering “reassurances” that they won’t take military action if Russia encroaches into Ukrainian territory.

It’s 2014 all over again…

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy reportedly proposed a three-wait meeting between the leaders of the United States and Russia in response to the attack, and his chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, said that the “life and death” of Ukraine as a country currently hangs in the balance.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, an American official told the press that the U.S. federal government is concerned that Russia is preparing for a full-on invasion of Ukraine if diplomatic efforts fail.

“As part of its plans, Russia is laying the groundwork to have the option of fabricating a pretext for invasion,” the official said.

Some of those pretexts included sabotage activities and information operations, as well as accusing Ukraine of preparing an imminent attack against Russian forces.

So while Russian hackers are attacking Ukraine, the Russian government is preparing an attack on Ukraine under the guise of it being self-defense.

Russian officials have repeatedly denied plans to attack Ukraine but have admitted to taking military action unless Ukraine agrees to currently unspecified demands.