‘Canada will provide a package of assistance to support the government of Ukraine, civil society and independent media in countering Russian disinformation prior to the 2019 elections,’ Canadian MFA claimed.
It is also noted that Canada will allocate funds in response to the disinformation activities of Russia, designed to influence the results of parliamentary and presidential elections. Also, Russia's goal is to destabilize the Ukrainian state and to spread doubts about the legitimacy of democracy as such among its citizens.
‘Part of this assistance will be allocated to those areas, which are not controlled by the government, and will be used to encourage them to use their democratic right to vote,’ the MFA stated, having meant the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The Ukrainian Parliament scheduled presidential elections for March 31, 2019.