During the meeting in the ad hoc center, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized that Russia’s war had new features and characteristics. This is a hybrid war, where along with the military actions of the Russian regular armed forces and Russian mercenaries, Russia wages subversive war against Ukraine on all fronts.
"We see the attempts to organize terrorist attacks inside the country, and the Security Service of Ukraine has prevented more than 400 attempts of terrorist attacks in different regions of Ukraine in the last 3.5 years," the Head of State said. According to him, a significant part of terrorists who were identified and detained were trained in the respective camps in the territory of the Russian Federation and illegally annexed Crimea.
"An important element of the hybrid war and Russian aggression is the economic war. It is a blockade and embargo on the supply of Ukrainian goods. Our trade has fallen exponentially and today makes up about 9% of the total volume. Previously, it was more than a third," Petro Poroshenko noted.
The President also drew attention to the practice of fake news and propaganda that Russia is using throughout the world today. He remarked that an investigation against Russia Today had begun in Britain, and the broadcast of that resource had been closed in the United States. Also, Russia's actions in social networks are being investigated around the world.
The Head of State reminded that in 2014, the first objects of sniper attacks had been the transmitters of Ukrainian TV and radio companies in the area of military operations. The President appealed to Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies Volodymyr Horbulin with a request to report on the strengthening of Ukraine's information security and the proposals put forward today, starting with legislative changes, taking into account the experience of the USA, Great Britain, Germany, France from the point of view of social networks, the Internet. "How we can effectively counteract Russian aggression in the hybrid war, maintaining the necessary standards of freedom of speech. Because we live now in a completely different dimension," the President emphasized.