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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) to set up a separate meeting on countering Russia's election meddling.

"Next year, we, Ukraine, and many of our partners will hold important elections that will determine the pace and quality of our development and interaction in the medium term. Kyiv, Brussels and Washington, and the vast majority of Western capitals have no doubt about the Kremlin plotting large-scale interference in the electoral processes to break the European unity and solidarity with Ukraine that is dangerous for the aggressor, to split the Transatlantic Alliance, and support populist, nationalist and Eurosceptic forces," Poroshenko wrote on Facebook.

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"We agreed with the leaders of the EU and the U.S. to closely coordinate our efforts and cooperate at all levels. I instruct the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to set up a separate meeting on countering election meddling," he said.

Poroshenko added Ukraine should be ready to counter hybrid threats.