With a cyberattack, the Ukrainian telecommunications company is affected

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Monday he had launched an initiative to explore the possibility of a “humanitarian ceasefire in Ukraine”, echoing calls from Ukraine, as the Russian invasion of the country was entering its second month.

Guterres said he asked Under-Secretary-General Martin Griffiths, the UN’s head of global humanitarian operations, to consider a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine.

Ukrainian media outlet Suspline News reported on Monday that Ukrainian officials hoped to agree a ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine during in-person negotiations this week in Turkey. The ceasefire would allow aid to flow into Ukraine and pave the way for political negotiations to end the war, António Guterres said.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces have recaptured Irpin, northwest of Kyiv, from Russian troops, who were regrouping to retake the area, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on Monday as he sought to rally the country.

A “massive” cyberattack took Ukraine’s national telecommunications provider Ukrtelecom almost completely offline on Monday morning, with outages persisting into the evening.

“We still have to fight, we have to endure,” Zelenskyy said in his nightly video address to the nation. “We cannot express our emotions now. We can’t raise expectations just so we don’t burn out.

Network monitors said it was the worst outage since Russia invaded Ukraine more than a month ago. Most Ukrainian customers have been cut off from the service so that the Ukrainian military can continue to use it, the chairman of Ukraine’s state service for special communications, Yurii Shchyhol, said.

Shchyhol blamed “the enemy” for the cyberattack, refraining from naming Russia specifically.

Within days of the Russian invasion, Western countries invoked international law, imposed crippling sanctions, began welcoming refugees with open arms and encouraged Ukraine’s armed resistance. The response has sparked outrage across the Middle East, where many see a blatant double standard in how the West responds to international conflicts.

“We saw all the assets that we had been told could not be activated for more than 70 years deployed in less than seven days,” Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki told a forum on the security in Turkey earlier this month. “Incredible hypocrisy,” he added.

The Biden administration said Wednesday that the United States has assessed that Russian forces have committed war crimes in Ukraine and will work with others to prosecute offenders. But the United States is not a member of the International Criminal Court and strongly opposes any international investigation into its own conduct or its ally, Israel.

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