Medvedev: The forces of NATO and the European Union against Russia are estimated at 350,000 people

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, confirmed today, Thursday, August 4, that the number of cyber forces of NATO and the European Union operating against Russia amounts to 350,000 people, and another 200,000 are hacker groups.

Medvedev said: “In general, according to various sources, the number of NATO and EU cyber forces operating against Russia reaches 350,000 people, and more than 200,000 other trained personnel are international non-state hacking groups that are actively used by the Pentagon become digital attacks on Russia. our country.”

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Dmitry noted that the United States is stepping up work, including with the United Kingdom, Norway and Poland, to create “digital bridgeheads” from which to launch attacks on Russia.

Medvedev announced that the purpose of this is to disrupt the work of communications, transport networks, energy, large institutions, government agencies, emergency services, banks and the financial sector.

Earlier, the Russian Foreign Ministry announced that Ukraine, with the help of the United States, was carrying out cyber attacks on Russian infrastructure, promising a firm response if the harassment continued.

“Under the guise of slogans in defense of democracy, the United States has unleashed cyber aggression against Russia and its allies,” Andrey Krutskykh, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s International Information Security Department, said in a statement.

“They use the “Zelensky system” and the “IT army” it created to carry out cyber attacks against our country, and attacks using information and communication technology on critical infrastructure in Russia are constantly increasing,” Krutskikh said added.

On the ground, the Russian military operation continues in Ukraine, since it began on February 24.

The Russian-Ukrainian conflict reached a new turning point on February 21, after Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the recognition of Donetsk and Luhansk as independent republics of Ukraine, in an escalating move that greatly angered Kiev and its Western elicited allies.

In the wake of this, at dawn on Thursday, February 24, Russian forces began a military operation in eastern Ukraine, opening the door to the possibility of the outbreak of a “third world war”, which would be the first would be in the twenty-first century.

The European Union said the world was living in a “darker atmosphere” since World War II, while the European Union and the United States imposed a package of sanctions against Russia, which Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, as “the hardest ever described”. “.

However, the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “NATO” have so far insisted not to engage in any military operation in Ukraine, and the EU countries also refuse to impose a no-fly zone in Ukraine, contrary to the desire of Kiev , which called on European countries to take that step, which, according to the US administration, would cause the outbreak of a “third world war”.

Meanwhile, the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said earlier that the outbreak of a third world war would be “nuclear and destructive”, as he described it.

At the scene of the events, the Russian Ministry of Defense said at the beginning of the military operation that the Ukrainian air defense system and its bases were destroyed and the infrastructure of the air force was out of order.

Later, on Saturday, February 26, the Russian Defense Ministry announced that it had issued orders to Russian forces to launch military operations on all axes in Ukraine, following Kiev’s refusal to negotiate with Moscow, while Ukraine attributed that refusal to Russia which rejects conditions on the table before negotiations for Ukraine.

However, the two sides sat down for negotiations for the first time on Monday, February 28, in Gomel, on the Belarusian border, and a second round of talks was held on Thursday, March 3, while the two sides held a third round of talks in Belarus on Monday, March 7. The three rounds of negotiations ended without a noticeable change on the ground.

The head of the Russian delegation said that his country’s expectations of the third round of negotiations “did not come true” but indicated that meetings with Ukraine would continue, while the Ukrainian delegation spoke of some progress in negotiations with the Russians on “safe passages.”

Before that, on February 28, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky signed a decree on his country’s application to join the European Union, in a move that did not find Russian opposition, as the issue of Kiev’s accession to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “NATO” .

Russian Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the European Union is not a military-political bloc, noting that the issue of Kiev’s accession to the union does not fall within the framework of strategic security issues, but within a other framework falls.

At the international level, the United Nations General Assembly voted on Wednesday, March 2, to condemn the Russian war against Ukraine, with 141 countries approving the draft resolution, while only 5 countries rejected the issue of condemning Russia, while stayed in 35 countries around the world.

The United Nations has announced that more than 3 million people have fled Ukraine since the war there began, while on Saturday, March 19, the United Nations revealed that nearly 850 civilians have died in the war so far.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian authorities have imposed martial law throughout the country since the beginning of the Russian invasion of Ukrainian territory.

On Sunday, March 20, the Ukrainian president announced the extension of the introduction of martial law in the country for a period of 30 days, starting from Wednesday, March 23.
Before starting a military operation against Ukraine, Russia always rejected the West’s accusations of preparing for an “invasion” in Ukraine and said that it was not a party to the internal Ukrainian conflict.

However, this was not convincing to Western circles, who based their accusations of Moscow of preparations for the invasion of Ukraine on Russia’s deployment of some 100,000 Russian soldiers a few weeks ago on its borders with Ukraine, a country near the West, said that “this invasion could happen at any time”.

But Russia justified it at the time that it only wanted to ensure its security, at a time when Washington was also sending military reinforcements to Eastern Europe and Ukraine.

In turn, Moscow accused the West at the time of using these accusations as a pretext to increase the military presence of NATO near its borders, at a time when Russia was and still is insisting on the issue of NATO expansion rejected, or Ukraine to the alliance, while Kiev is eager to join the NATO banner.

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