Russia has

blocked mobile internet in the occupied Luhansk region

, likely to try to strengthen operational security.

The occupiers

want to hide the new deployments of their troops


This was reported by the Institute for the Study of War (ISW).

The only provider of mobile communication services in the occupied Luhansk region announced on February 2 that it is

suspending mobile Internet coverage from February 11

by order of the Ministry of Digital Development, Communications and Mass Media of Russia.

The "Ukrainian Resistance" Center reported that

Russian officials had already disconnected mobile Internet

in the occupied Luhansk region as of February 2. 


used mobile phones to collect information about Russian troops

in the occupied territory and sent information to the Ukrainian military.

"Russian forces may be learning from their previous operational security failures and adapting to protect Russian troop concentrations in the Luhansk region ahead of a major offensive that Ukrainian officials are increasingly warning of," ISW reports.

It will be recalled that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the occupying army to capture the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions by March.

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