President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko claimed that Russia seeks to undermine the unity of the European Union and to interfere in the electoral process both in Ukraine and in the EU countries. Poroshenko claimed this at the international conference of high level ‘Lessons of the hybrid decade: necessary things to know to move forward’, reports the press office of the Presidential Administration.
‘This hybrid war is aimed to undermine the norms of Ukraine and the entire democratic world. By hitting from inside but not through direct attacks. It is getting prepared not only for Ukrainian elections but for the European Parliament elections too. Very actively. Preparing for the elections in selected countries of the European Union. What for? In order to undermine the unity of the European Union. There is a clear understanding: what is the point of going to war with Europe if you can dilute the European idea itself? Why conquer someone physically, if it can be done spiritually and mentally?' Poroshenko claimed.
Earlier, the representatives of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reported on the interference of Russia in the U.S. elections by publishing paid posts on Facebook.
As it was reported before, in the framework of the investigation of Russia meddling in the U.S. presidential election in 2016, the U.S. has accused 13 Russian citizens.
The statement accuses Internet Research Agency also known as Russian “troll factory.” There are 13 people on the list who are believed to have aided the organization in spreading propaganda: Mikhail Bystrov, Mikhail Burchik, Aleksandra Krylova, Anna Bogacheva, Sergey Polozov, Maria Bovda, Robert Bovda, Dzheyknuh Aslanov, Vadim Podkopaev, Gleb Vasilchenko, Irina Kaverzina, and Vladimir Venkov, and Evgeniy Prigozhyn.