Ukrainian nationwide PSTN operator Ukrtelecom issued a statement yesterday that it has been forced to suspend certain services in the city of Sevastopol in the breakaway region of Crimea, which has been under Russian control since March. Ukrtelecom announced that it has suspended the provision of long-distance and international fixed telephony services plus internet access and data transmission to all residential and business subscribers in Sevastopol, although it is continuing to provide local fixed telephony and emergency calling facilities in the city. The suspension of services was prompted by a local government decree of 22 September 2014 ‘On the inventory [of] property [of] Ukrtelecom’ under which the Sevastopol authorities apparently intend to transfer ownership of certain Ukrtelecom network assets to a third party. Ukrtelecom views the authorities’ inventory of its assets as ‘an unlawful attack on private property and contrary to the laws of Ukraine, the Russian Federation and norms of international law on the inviolability of private property.’
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