“Monitoring Outside Interference in Ukraine's 2019 Presidential Election” Panel Discussions

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the Atlantic Council, the Victor Pinchuk Foundation, and the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity will host an event entitled Monitoring Outside Interference in Ukraine’s 2019 Presidential Election. The event will take place from 9:00 till 16:30 at the Hilton Kyiv Hotel (30 Tarasa Shevchenka Blvd., Kyiv, Ukraine).

Russia has long waged a hybrid war in Ukraine, using it as a testing ground for operations ranging from disinformation campaigns to cyberattacks aimed at the power grid and other critical infrastructure, as well as its continued military presence in Ukraine’s east. The Atlantic Council, together with the Victor Pinchuk Foundation and the Transatlantic Commission on Election Integrity launched the Ukrainian Election Task Force to monitor and expose potential interference efforts by foreign actors throughout the Ukrainian presidential election cycle. This effort aims to help Ukrainians blunt outside influence efforts. Given that Ukraine has become a testing ground for Russian interference efforts, it is critical for Western allies to support Ukraine and learn from developments there when it comes to their own upcoming elections.

At this event, we will discuss the Task Force’s findings. Our first panel will discuss how foreign actors attempted to use disinformation to disrupt the presidential election, and how we can monitor and combat such interference efforts in future democratic elections. During our second panel, we will feature key experts who will analyze the kinetic movements and hybrid warfare tactics used to interfere in Ukraine’s presidential election. Our final panel will discuss cyber interference efforts during the election cycle and what was done to prevent or mitigate such efforts.

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