Statement of the Intelligence Committee under the President of Ukraine

Dear Ukrainians and our international partners!

Two years after russia unleashed a full-scale war of aggression, Ukraine is facing an objective threat to its existence as a state, as a nation, as a community of free and equal people.

In the context of deliberate distraction of the world's attention from the long and bloody russian-Ukrainian war, the leadership of the aggressor country has resorted to a plan of planned sabotage, information operations and arrogant provocations.

The main directions and goals of the enemy are to disrupt Ukrainian mobilization, spread disinformation about Ukraine's inability to win, create and spread fakes about "fatigue from Ukraine" among our partners and allies in the world. The global international goal of the russians is to reduce the support for our country from the pro-Ukrainian coalition in the world.

The goal of the russians inside Ukraine is to demoralize Ukrainians, sow panic among the population, drive a wedge between the military and civilians, and put everyone at odds with everyone, including representatives of the country's political leadership and civil society.

russian special services have extensive experience in conducting hybrid wars. They spend no less on information attacks against Ukraine than on conventional warfare. As reported by the Intelligence Committee under the President of Ukraine, in November last year, as part of the Maidan-3 special operation, russia spent almost $250 million on spreading anti-Ukrainian sentiment on the Telegram platform alone. The total budget of the operation amounted to an astronomical $1.5 billion. This is the most expensive "action" of russian special services in history.

Special Operation Maidan-3 will reach its culmination in March-May 2024. In the coming weeks, the enemy will make every effort to spread narratives destructive to global security and attempt to incite conflicts - both inside Ukraine and in other parts of the world where there is effective support for Ukraine.

The campaign's methodology is traditional for russian special services: to question the legitimacy of government decisions made in Ukraine after May 20, to spread panic and disbelief, to artificially oppose civilians and the military, to quarrel us with our allies, and to spread all kinds of "conspiracy theories" in society. This is happening against the backdrop of russia's public statements about the creation of new types of superweapons, which, according to the russians, should ensure russia's technical superiority over the West for the next decade. This implies that resistance to russia's goals in Ukraine is dangerous for the world, and therefore russia will push other countries to engage in direct dialogue on Ukraine without our participation.

Also, the russians, through their own agents of influence in Ukraine and around the world, will rely on organizing various protest actions and deliberately discredit the process of exchanging prisoners of war.

According to the enemy's plan, in the first half of June, the situation in our country will be undermined and after that, taking advantage of the situation, it will be defeated militarily in the East of Ukraine, which is the key idea of their operation.

In view of the above circumstances, we call on Ukrainian society, our international partners and allies to strengthen joint resistance and comprehensive security measures, especially in the information space, to effectively counter global threats and challenges of the new global hybrid war. The war waged by the russian federation and its criminal allies against the entire civilized world today. Our society needs unity.

Glory to Ukraine!