Serhiy Demedyuk took part in a roundtable discussion on topical issues of national statehood protection
On July 28, 2023, Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Serhiy Demedyuk and Deputy Head of the Information Security and Cybersecurity Service - Head of the Information Security Department of the Specialized Service of the NSDC Staff Volodymyr Zverev took part in a round table discussion on topical issues of protecting national statehood in the current environment.
The event, organized by the National Academy of the Security Service of Ukraine, was attended by representatives of the SSU, the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, the Foreign Intelligence Service, the National Guard, the Ivan Kuras Institute of Political and Ethnic Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, the Mykhailo Drahomanov Ukrainian State University and other academic institutions.
The participants discussed the issues of protecting state sovereignty, countering russia's hybrid wars, bringing collaborators to justice, legalizing weapons, and combating corruption. Particular attention was paid to discussing the hybrid component of modern warfare, namely:
- signs of special information operations conducted by russians;
- means of conducting hybrid warfare;
- the role of opinion leaders in disseminating information;
- ways to counteract enemy propaganda;
- peculiarities of spreading russian propaganda in the information space of other countries, including Poland.
"Today, the Internet, especially social media, is not only a convenient platform for communication, but, unfortunately, also a means of influencing people's minds, spreading hostile narratives and conducting information and psychological operations. They pose a threat to the national security of any country. Therefore, we must do everything possible to protect the interests of our state and Ukrainians from threats in the information space," emphasized Serhiy Demedyuk.
The participants of the event also noted that law enforcement agencies should take into account existing and potential challenges, share experiences, develop a common conceptual framework and pursue a common national security policy, as the war is not only on the front line, and our task is not only to win the victory on the front line, but also to preserve a democratic, legal and consolidated Ukraine after the victory.