Poroshenko says Russia may interfere in Ukrainian elections
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says there is a danger of Russian interference in the Ukrainian elections, which are to be held in 2019.
"We try to do our best, but we consider this danger extremely high. This is also the danger for the main attacks of Russia, to me. Of course, I tried to protect Ukraine from the dangers of hybrid war, including the system of their fake news, [and] using social media. But we have an effective co-operation and strategic communication with our partners, and I hope we will use the experience of the German and French legislation against fake news," Poroshenko said in an interview with the Financial Times.
"We have an absolutely wide range of dangers [from] Russia, starting from the fact that we stopped more than 400 terrorist attacks by a training camp in Russian Federation. Everybody should understand that it is not a frozen conflict. This is a real hot war. We're attacked, every single day, they go with snipers and try to kill my soldiers. It's absolutely crazy behavior."
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"And that's why I do things like stop Russian TV broadcasting and stop the Russian social media, because they use it for propaganda war," he said.
Read alsoBill aimed to enhance U.S.-Ukraine cybersecurity cooperation introduced in U.S. Senate"We have an effective cooperation from secret services with our partners from the United States, Canada, and Great Britain. I'm proud that we have trust there. But there's lots of work that should be done," he added.