Internet traffic in Kherson, Ukraine rerouted to Russian infrastructure

A near-total internet shutdown was reported in the Kherson region in Ukraine, affecting providers and users. After several hours, the connection was restored, but various metrics showed traffic being routed through Russia: ‘Connectivity on the network has been routed via Russia’s internet instead of Ukrainian telecoms infrastructure and is hence likely now subject to Russian internet regulations, surveillance, and censorship,’ NetBlocks said on its website.

Two days later, Mykhailo Fedorov, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and Minister of Digital Transformation of Ukraine, tweeted that the telecoms connection was restored in Kherson. ‘Three telecom operators are available again. Dear Kherson, the problems with service were temporary.’