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Poroshenko: “We failed to protect ourselves against Russian information aggression.”

Former Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko took blame for his lack of a defense against Russian information aggression. 

In an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda, Poroshenko admitted the lack of capability to protect against Russian propaganda, fake news,  disinformation, and other malign information. 

Ukraine President Ze has stated he wants to counter Russian propaganda.  Russia’s President Putin is increasingly vulnerable if Ukraine ramps up their counter-Russian-propaganda efforts. This is Putin’s nightmare.

Ukraine, indeed, created the position of Minister of Information. Their focus was on cyber, however, not information. Ukraine was effectively crushed under an avalanche of propaganda, fake news, disinformation, and other malign information from 2014 until 2016, and still suffers today.  Today there is a Ukraine Media Crisis center, augmented by the EU vs. Disinformation center, and numerous private efforts, such as InformNapalm.  There is, however, no integrated information strategy. 

I submitted a draft information strategy to members of Ukraine’s Rada in late 2015, as well as to the Ministry of Information. I am willing to assist again.

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Poroshenko reflects on mistakes made during cadence

1 August 2019

Former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko described the lack of effective protection of Ukraine from Russian propaganda and fake news the weak point of his presidential policies.

The fifth president of Ukraine reflected on mistakes made during his cadence, speaking with Ukrayinska Pravda.

“If you really need Poroshenko to find something and say in the interview that I’m to be blamed, Sevgil [Musayeva, the interviewer], then I do bear the blame. For my public communication policy. This was our weak spot: we failed to protect ourselves against Russian information aggression. It was a weak point: we failed to protect ourselves and you failed to protect yourself from fake news,” the ex-president said.

“That’s because we had no mechanism. We were unprepared for Russia using democratic tools to fight democracy,” said Poroshenko.

He added that, despite all errors, he was proud of the results achieved.

“It’s my fault. Because I was responsible for the security issue. I told you that I had mistakes and successful cases in personnel policy. But if we take everything that’s been done, I’m proud of what’s been done, despite the mistakes,” said Poroshenko.


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