Ukrainian fixed telco Vega has reported on its website that it has ‘temporarily’ lost control of its network equipment in the eastern city of Donetsk (which is governed by pro-Russian separatists as the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic), due to occupation of its branch headquarters by ‘unidentified gunmen’ on 23 January. The operator’s notice said that the gunmen took over equipment and forced the Vega staff to leave the building, rendering the operator unable to technically manage its local network assets or information systems. Vega added that it has appealed to law enforcement agencies concerning the situation.
Vega is a sister telco of Ukraine’s largest fixed network operator Ukrtelecom, under the ownership of the System Capital Management (SCM) conglomerate wholly-owned by the country’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov. Vega provides fixed line voice, broadband, data and TV services over a network with a presence in a total of 159 cities, towns and other settlements in 22 of Ukraine’s 25 oblasts (regions), according to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database.