The NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov met with a delegation of the Ukrainian World Congress
Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov met with a delegation of the Ukrainian World Congress led by its President Paul Grod. The delegation also included UWC First Vice President and Co-Chair of the Australian Federation of Ukrainian Organizations Stefan Romaniw, UWC Vice President and President of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America Andy Futey, Director of the UWC initiative "Unite with Ukraine" Andriy Potichnyi and Director of the UWC Mission to Ukraine Serhiy Kasyanchuk.
During the meeting, the parties exchanged views on the current security situation in the world and the region, discussed joint steps towards Ukraine's Euro-Atlantic integration, and outlined areas of cooperation and focus of efforts by Ukrainians around the world to counter russian aggression.
Oleksiy Danilov expressed gratitude to the UWC for "the great assistance you provide for our common victory" and for its active position in defending Ukraine's interests abroad. "Together we will defeat the enemy," he said.
The parties paid special attention to the issue of countering russian disinformation abroad. The NSDC Secretary noted that russia is now "actively working among a new wave of migrants" who left Ukraine during the war, in particular because of the activities of the russian orthodox church.
According to Mr. Danilov, "russian chauvinism is all-encompassing," and countries with russian-language media "will face challenges because of the hostile narratives spread in them." In addition, he said, russia can "quickly get people hooked on its narratives" through social media, which requires increased coordination between partners in countering russian disinformation.
In his turn, Mr. Grod informed the Ukrainian side of the results of the UWC project "Unite with Ukraine" that raised over $50 million in aid for the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other security forces, and assured of the readiness to continue providing comprehensive assistance to Ukraine. According to him, the focus of the Committee's activities is the victory of Ukraine, its rebuilding and "the development of strong and capable Ukrainian communities in over 65 countries."
The UWC President also reported on the continuation of the UWC's advocacy efforts to facilitate Ukraine's accession to NATO. "We are already preparing for the summit in Washington, DC," he assured.