A United Nations agency said in a report that Ukraine would need at least $1.79 billion to restore its telecommunications sector, which has been destroyed or completely seized by Russia in some parts of the country, Reuters reported.
The assessment by the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) was conducted in April to determine the extent of the destruction of Ukraine’s communications networks since Russia’s full-scale invasion began in February.
The report found that communications infrastructure in 10 of Ukraine’s 24 oblasts had suffered significant damage in the first six months of Russia’s full-scale invasion.
“Since the beginning of the military attacks, aiming to use the facilities in its interest and for its own needs, the aggressor has either completely destroyed or completely destroyed the regular operation of public and private terrestrial telecommunications and critical infrastructure in the temporarily occupied and war zones. seized affected areas of Ukraine,” the report said, Reuters reported.
The report also says that Russia unilaterally changed Ukrainian dialing codes set by the UN organization to Russian ones and that there have been 1,123 cyber-attacks against Ukraine, according to the Reuters article.
The report was published in late December and did not receive much publicity. According to Reuters, Western diplomats have privately expressed frustration over delays in publishing the report.
In a letter accessed by Reuters in September, the EU wrote to ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao at the time, calling for the report to be released. Zhao responded by saying the review was still ongoing, Reuters reported.