The head of the security services of Ukraine Ivan Bakanov proposes to extend the ban on the Russian social networks Odnoklassniki and VKontakte for a new period of 3 years.
Bakanov has submitted relevant proposals to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, reports the SBU press center.
As noted, cyber security experts have analyzed that during the sanctions period, Ukrainian users in these social networks have shrunk three times. And this has considerably reduced the target audience, to which the information operations of the Russian special services are aimed.
“Counterfeits in countries of established democracy are treated as weapons of mass destruction. A hybrid war continues against Ukraine, and we continue to resist information attacks by the Russian Federation. Therefore, the pursuit of sanctions makes sense: it will protect our citizens from forgery and manipulation, and, therefore, we will maintain the security of the state as a whole, “Bakanov believes.
As noted, the relevant proposals that Bakanov submitted to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine.
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In total, during the period 2017-2020, the SBU recorded thousands of cases of placement of destructive content on the Odnoklassniki and VKontakte platforms. Since the introduction of the sanctions, SBU investigators have recorded almost 100 criminal prosecutions against the owners and administrators of anti-Ukrainian communities in these social networks.
All have signs of the commission of crimes: an attack on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, actions aimed at forcibly changing the constitutional order or taking over the power of the State, as well as the creation of terrorist groups.
In addition, cyber-specialists in the Service note an increase in the activity of agitators, trol and botoferm in Russian social networks. This is due to quarantine measures during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, approaching the Easter and May holidays. According to cyber specialists, around 70% of destructive documents on Ukraine come precisely from the information space of the Russian Federation, in particular from these social networks.
As reported, on May 15, 2017, Ukrainian President at the time, Petro Poroshenko, signed a decree on further sanctions by the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine dated April 28, 2017, which includes blocking access to the social networks VKontakte and Odnoklassniki.
According to the materials: ukrinform.ru