The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, today denounced Russia’s attempts to interfere in the presidential and parliamentary elections to be held next year.
“We now see numerous (intrusive) attempts.” Our joint efforts give us the hope that we can effectively counteract such threats, “Poroshenko told reporters.
Poroshenko, who condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Crimea this week, cited false news, propaganda and cyber attacks as a manifestation of that interference.
“Next year we have important elections in Ukraine: presidential and legislative, and it is very important that we do not let Russia influence those elections,” he added.
Poroshenko is now the third candidate in voting intention, according to polls, with 7.8%, the same as Anatoli Gritsenko, but far from the 18.5% of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
In addition, a large majority of Ukrainians do not approve the management of Poroshenko, who came to power in the May 2014 elections convened after the overthrow of the former president, Viktor Yanukovych, in the “Euromaidan” revolution.
Since then, the standard of living of Ukrainians plummeted, compounded by corruption, the slow progress of democratic reforms and the fact that there are no prospects for a solution to the conflict in the east of the country.