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Dzhaparova: Russia "A Source of Instability" in the Black Sea Region

 On 6 September 2018, the First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, Emine Dzhaparova, made a speech at an expert security forum “The Black Sea Region: Modern Wars and Old Conflicts”.

In her speech, Ms Dzhaparova focused on threats to the security of the region caused by hybrid aggression of the Russian Federation. “One of the elements of hybrid warfare is cognitive warfare, that is, war for human minds and hearts. The main tools of such warfare are disinformation and influence on the conscience. Ukrainians who are living in occupied territories had come to know hybrid methods even before the occupation began. The Russian media and agents of influence were present in Crimea during the entire period of Ukraine’s independence,” she noted.

Ms Dzhaparova added that since the events on Maidan began, Russian agents of influence woke up and started fomenting the protesting potential by calling peaceful protests against the corrupt system a coup d’etat, and the protesters and their leaders fascists and junta. Ever since then, the First Deputy Minister said, Russia has only improved its methods and continues to apply such practices to other countries, including the Black Sea countries.

“The fueller and source of instability and conflicts in the region is Russia. It is a strange technology: initiating a conflict and committing a crime, justifying it and then attacking informationally, by accusing Ukraine of lack of freedom of speech, ‘violating’ the Minsk accords and of a ‘civil war’, and many other things. I believe that the international community should be more united in understanding how Russia is acting,” Ms Dzhaparova stressed.

The forum was held in Odesa on 5-9 September, with participants being experts and researchers from Ukraine, the U.K., Romania, Estonia, Russia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Finland, and other countries.

The event was organised by the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, the Maidan of Foreign Affairs, an NGO, and the Institute of Strategic Black Sea Studies.

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