Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin.
Russian President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. [Photo/ Courtesy]

Hȧcker group ‘Anonymous’ has pulled down the Russian Ministry Of Defense Website, moments after announcing a cyber wȧr against the Gulf country.

In a tweet shared at 3.43pm (EAT) on Friday, February 25, 2022, the group said that “The Russian Ministry of Defense website is down,” signaling the start of the cyber wȧr.

This comes hours after the group shared another tweet announcing that “The Anonymous collective is officially in cyber wȧr against the Russian government”.

A check on the website returned the HTTP 418 I’m a teapot client error, a response code which indicates that the server refuses to brew coffee because it is, permanently, a teapot. Some websites use this response for requests they do not wish to handle, such as automated queries.

Russian troops have been advancing on Ukraine’s capital Kyįv from several directions after Russia’s President Vlȧdimir Putįn ordered the invasion.

President Putįn claimed his goal was to protect people subjected to b***yįng and genocįde and aim for the “demilitarisation and de-Nazification” of Ukraine.

BBC’s report on the mįlitary conflict

President Putįn has frequently accused Ukraine of being taken over by extremįsts, ever since its pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was ousted in 2014 after months of protests against his rule.

Russia then retaliated by seizing the southern region of Crįmea and triggering a rebellion in the east, backing separatists who have fought Ukrainian forces in a wȧr that has claimed 14,000 lives.

Late in 2021, Russia began deploying big numbers of troops close to Ukraine’s borders, while repeatedly denying it was going to attȧck. Then Mr Putįn scrapped a 2015 peace deal for the east and recognised areas under rȇbel control as independent.

Russia has long resisted Ukraine’s move towards the European Union and the West’s defensive milįtary alliance, Nȧto. Announcing Russia’s invasion, he accused Nȧto of threatening “our historic future as a nation”.

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