(FreedomBeacon.com)- Russian President Vladimir Putin was slated to give the opening speech in Russia’s flagship economic forum on Friday, but hackers delayed it. According to Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, it was a denial of service attack from hackers aimed at interrupting the internet services at the venue. Reuters reported that the hackers attacked the servers with bogus traffic that resulted in sluggish internet speeds. The speech from Putin did not start on time due to an issue with the connectivity at the venue, and Kremlin confirmed that it was delayed by a little over 100 minutes.
Russia did not blame anyone for the attacks directly, but according to the Reuters report, sources claimed that this could be a response from a group of “hacktivists” to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.
During the speech, Putin said this is “the era of the unipolar world” as he defended Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine again at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
Putin told the audience that when they won the Cold War, the US declared themselves God’s representatives on earth, people with no responsibilities — only interests. They declared those interests sacred. Now it’s one-way traffic, which makes the world unstable.
The ongoing crisis has crossed 100 days in Ukraine, and Putin said that the “special operation” has allowed the West to blame its problems on Russia.
Putin said that the United States lives in the past on its own under its own delusions. They think that they have won, and everything else is a colony, a back yard. And the people living there are second-class citizens.
Putin is currently invading a neighboring nation and killing its citizens in order to “liberate them.”
This is not the first time Putin has been hacked. In early May of this year, Putin was preparing to address the nation during the annual Victory Day parade commemorating the defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II. Local television menus were reportedly hacked, with program descriptions on smart TVs replaced by a message, “The blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of murdered children is on your hands. TV and the authorities are lying. No to war.”