In a statement NetBlocks, an internet service disruption monitor, said, Moscow has re-routed internet traffic in the occupied Ukrainian region of Kherson through Russian communications infrastructure.
The move is aimed at tightening Russia’s grip on a region where it has taken full control.
London-based NetBlocks said it had tracked a near-total internet blackout across Kherson. Internet connection was restored after several hours, but various metrics showed traffic was now going 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,” said NetBlocks on its website.
In a statement Britain’s Ministry of Defence said, the Russian moves in the region are “likely indicative of Russian intent to exert strong political and economic influence in Kherson over the long term”.
It also pointed to statements about the use of the Russian Ruble and rejections of the possibility of the region’s return to Ukrainian control.