Keeping Phones Running in Wartime Pushes Kyivstar to the Limit

Employees killed and displaced, infrastructure seized by force and relentless cyberattacks are only a few of the challenges that Ukraine’s largest mobile phone operator is struggling to overcome as the country tries to fight off Russia’s invasion.

Alexander Komarov, the chief executive officer of Kyivstar, said about 10% of the company’s network can’t function because Russian officials have switched off base stations and captured hardware. But that’s only part of the problem.