Valentyn Petrov: Despite the hybrid aggression of the Russian Federation, Ukraine is becoming stronger
Despite the escalation of Russia's hybrid aggression and internal problems, Ukraine is becoming stronger and ready for new challenges. This was stated by Head of Service on Issues of Information Security of the Staff of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Valentyn Petrov in his speech at the presentation of the joint project of "Ukrainian Week" and The Economist "The World in 2019", which took place at the Bookstore "Ye" in Kyiv.
Among the key issues faced by Ukraine, the Head of Service on Issues of Information Security of the NSDC Staff noted, in particular, the unsatisfactory economy's growth rate, deteriorating infrastructure, the demographic crisis and the reduction of Ukraine's share in world GDP. "The world is developing much faster, we have to take proactive steps - these are information programs, technological transformation, otherwise we will stay somewhere on the margins", - Mr. Petrov said.
Analyzing the escalation of Russian armed aggression against Ukraine, Mr. Petrov noticed that Ukraine is not Russia's ultimate goal, but only an element of preparation for a broader offensive. "If you look at modern Russian military initiatives, you may say that it is not only a preparation for a war with Ukraine, it is one of the elements of a broader strategic deployment of the Russian offensive machine. It strides from the North Sea to Syria. In fact, we can talk about preparations for the world war", - Valentyn Petrov pointed out.
According to the Head of Service on Issues of Information Security of the NSDC Staff, the global conflict may be unleashed in the coming years: "All plans for rearmament of large powers, in particular, the Russian Federation, are scheduled for 2023-2025. The world can be prepared for a global conflict literally in 6 years, but it can break out even earlier". In the hypothetical third world war, "Russia, strengthened by Ukraine's resources, will be a completely different Russia", - Mr. Petrov said stressing that this fact is gradually being realized not only by us but also by Western elites who understand that Ukraine needs support.
To Mr. Petrov's belief, the next year will be vital for our state, in particular, because of the presidential and parliamentary elections in which the aggressor will try to interfere.
"It is absolutely clear that our opponent will try to take advantage of this. "Military card" is played, military units are being deployed at the border. It is really a terrible force, and this force is not only for Ukraine - it is to pass through Ukraine and move further, enter the Baltic States and Poland through Belarus", - the Head of Service on Issues of Information Security of the NSDC Staff said stressing that the Russians would try to influence the situation in our country before elections with hybrid means "through information and cyber campaign".
But the security and defense sector is ready for these threats, he added.
Answering the question on the state's plans for the development of modern military technologies, Valentyn Petrov noticed that "new anti-aircraft systems, operational-tactical missiles, anti-ship systems" are being developed.
At the same time, according to Mr. Petrov, the quality of our Armed Forces is changing, which is the key advantage over the Russian aggressor. "Gradually, we are turning into a completely different force. We are becoming stronger step by step", - he concluded.