Under the chairmanship of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, an offsite meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine was held in Kharkiv to discuss the formation of territorial defense, impose restrictive measures against a number of legal entities and approve the Maritime Security Strategy of Ukraine.
In particular, the National Security and Defense Council considered the issue of ensuring national security from internal and external threats in a “classified” mode and heard reports from representatives of intelligence services, military units and the border service. The Navy Command also reported on the risks to Ukraine’s navigation due to the Russian Federation’s intention to block the Black Sea and the Sea of Azov area under the pretext of military drills.
Also the National Security and Defense Council heard a report in the "classified" mode on the provision of international military-technical and financial assistance to our country since 2014. Recently, 25 planes with the aid of partners arrived in Ukraine.
The National Security and Defense Council also heard information from the Minister of Defense of Ukraine, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Head of the Security Service and heads of regional state administrations on the implementation of the Law of Ukraine "On Fundamentals of National Resistance" in terms of the formation of territorial defense units.
At the initiative of the President, a protocol decision was made on the need to take measures to implement this law in full in a short time.
The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces has set a task that the territorial defense forces must include 2 million citizens.
The National Security and Defense Council also approved the Maritime Security Strategy of Ukraine, which was developed to fulfill the instructions of the President. This is the first time such a document has been elaborated in our country.
In addition, it was decided to send national personnel of Ukraine to participate in the NATO mission in the Republic of Iraq.
"We will send a small contingent there to perform tasks not related to the military component," said the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council.
At the meeting, the National Security and Defense Council considered the application and amendment of personal special economic and other restrictive measures (sanctions). Governor of the National Bank of Ukraine Kyrylo Shevchenko and Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov reported on this.
In particular, due to the fact that Liberton Star construction company, which is already under Ukrainian sanctions, changed its place of registration from Odesa to Kyiv, the sanctions were applied to it again.
In addition, the National Security and Defense Council imposed sanctions for a period of five years against Vytryna TV company registered in Moscow. It is a company that provides services for broadcasting Russian TV channels blocked in Ukraine.
Sanctions were also imposed against Nasha Praga LLC (Maxi-TV), Nash 24 LLC, Nash 365 LLC (Nash TV channel) and the Cypriot Demosena Investments LTD, which owns all these companies.
Oleksiy Danilov also said that pursuant to the instruction of the President, meetings of the National Security and Defense Council will be held in various regions of Ukraine, in particular to address the issues of concern to the regions, directly on the ground.