The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko in his interview for CNN stated that Vladimir Putin, Russia’s leader, was trying to undermine situation in Ukraine, as the President’s Administration reports.
“He (Putin, - ed.) understands that he will not be successful in the military operation on land. Yet, he expects that he will make progress during the elections. And this is the way he is undermining the stability inside the country through the cyber attacks, fake news, disinformation technologies to be more precise. Russia spends billions to support “Sputnik TV”, Russia Today and many others,” Poroshenko said.
Also, he has given many examples of disinformation, which Russia spreads, starting from the statements that there is no Russian aggression in Ukraine, but a “civil war”, and ending with blaming Ukraine for thousands of victims of this war on the occupied territory.
“In fact, we have two dangers. The first danger is Putin. I, as President, do not fight with anyone, I specifically oppose Putin. Because Putin understands that the war on land - in the east of my country, or in Crimea, over the last four years, no longer brings him any success. Because we have created a strong and reliable army with the help of the United States of America. I am really proud of the very effective cooperation with American, British, Canadian, European advisers,” the President said.
Poroshenko has also reminded that the Ukrainian Government banned Russian social networks, “as they were used by Russian special services to conduct a disinformation and subversive campaign”.
Reportedly, the presidential elections in Ukraine will take place in spring, 2019. And in autumn, 2019, the Ukrainians will be choosing the new Parliament composition.