SBU detects providers routing Internet traffic for websites of DPR/LPR 'authorities'
Employees of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) have identified a number of Ukrainian telecommunications providers engaged in the illegal routing of Internet traffic to the so-called "DPR/LPR," temporarily annexed Crimea and unrecognized Transdniestria, SBU's press center reported on September 19.
SBU officers learned that the leaders and management of the providers, realizing public danger and the outright anti-state nature of their actions, ensured the routing of traffic, in particular, to the territories of Donbas not controlled by Ukraine.
"Technologically, traffic was transited through the connection of communications channels from Russia to the networks of domestic telecommunications centers and its subsequent routing to a Donetsk-based provider, which serviced openly anti-Ukrainian information websites – those of the 'heads' and 'council of ministers' of pseudo-formations 'DPR/LPR,'" reads the report.
SBU said that such actions by officials of Ukrainian companies seriously harmed national security, because "Russian special services are actively using the Internet to conduct special information operations against our state, including using their 'puppets' in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions."
SBU officers documented the illegal activities of national providers that routed Internet traffic to territories beyond Ukraine's control, thus actually servicing anti-Ukrainian information operations by Russian special services and Russian-controlled organizations "DPR" and "LPR."
During the searches conducted in the premises of providers in Kyiv and Kyiv region, Dnipro, Odesa and Kharkiv, law enforcement officers seized computer equipment and documentary materials confirming the illegal activities.
Criminal proceedings were opened under Article 111 (high treason) and Article 258-3 (the creation of a terrorist group or terrorist organization) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.