Task Force Update: As Candidates File, Concern Increases Over Outside Interference

Tomorrow, February 8, is the deadline for prospective candidates to file for the March 31 presidential election in Ukraine. So far, some three dozen applications have been approved by the Central Election Commission (CEC). As election day nears, Ukrainian officials and outside observers are sounding more warnings about Kremlin-driven attempts to interfere in the...

Task Force Update: Kremlin Rhetoric Heats Up Two Months Before Elections

Over the past two weeks, Russian action and rhetoric have been heating up in an effort to apply greater pressure on Ukraine and discredit its upcoming elections, now a little more than two months away. First, on the rhetoric side– Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of Russia’s security council, warned of the “loss of Ukraine’s statehood” if Ukraine...

Ukrainian Elections: Cyber News Roundup from Russian-Language Press in Ukraine and Russia

In the run-up to the March 2019 Ukrainian Presidential Election, we will keep an eye on Ukrainian- and Russian-language news articles referencing reported cyber attacks that could affect political stability in Ukraine. Here are some translated highlights from recent Russian-language news articles from the Ukrainian and Russian press. From the Ukrainian press: Lithuanian President...

Cyber in Perspective: Strategic Risk and Opportunity in the 2019 Ukrainian Elections

Once again, history is calling Ukraine to an extraordinary task. On Sunday, March 31 2019, Ukrainian voters will participate in a nationwide presidential poll at a time of historic technological, democratic, and geopolitical challenges—the convergence of which would make any strategist or nation tremble in fear. Despite these risks—or perhaps due to them—Ukraine also...