Telecommunications operators in Ukraine are in some cases being overwhelmed or out of service in parts of the country as the Russian invasion continues.
Internet-service provider Triolan said on its website that it suffered outages in a number of areas where it operates, including parts of the capital city, Kyiv. The company said in a later post on Telegram that access in at least two parts of Kyiv had been restored, but that it still was suffering from minor damage in other areas.
“Triolan employees are doing everything possible to maintain normal functioning of the network in these difficult times,” the company’s Telegram post said.
An internet-outage monitoring dashboard run by the Georgia Institute of Technology also showed partial outages in several parts of the country. “The internet of Ukraine is under severe stress presently,” said Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at Kentik, a network-monitoring company.
The Ukrainian government warned Thursday that telecommunications operators were struggling with heavy communications loads on their networks. “Communications interruptions are possible,” a spokeswoman for Ukraine’s State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection said, adding that people should use text messages if calls don’t go through.
Ukraine has been facing continuing denial-of-service attacks against government websites, banks and digital services since last week, according to both Ukrainian cybersecurity officials and outside observers.