ITU: Ukraine telecoms sector sees US$1.79bn of damage

ITU: Ukraine telecoms sector sees US$1.79bn of damage

Russia caused US$1.79 billion worth of damage to the Ukrainian telecoms sector, according to the ITU, which detailed that Russia had either "destroyed completely or seized" telecoms infrastructure in the war-torn country.

Reuters reported, the body was appointed to assess the damage in the six months since Russia invaded in February 2022. The ITU found Russia caused considerable damage and destruction to more than 10 of the 24 regions in Ukraine.

The ITU said in its report: "Since the beginning of military attacks, with the purpose of using the facilities in its interests and for its own needs, the aggressor either destroyed completely or seized the regular operation of public and private terrestrial telecommunication and critical infrastructure in the temporarily occupied and war-affected territories of Ukraine”.

It also accused Russia of switching Ukrainian dialling codes to Russian ones and conducting 1,123 cyber-attacks against Ukraine. A Russian diplomat dismissed the ITU’s report.

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