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Volodymyr Zelenskyy – to the Foreign Intelligence Service: Remain Courageous and Steadfast in Your Devotion to Serving the People of Ukraine

The Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine's priorities should be effective detecting potential threats and challenges, assistance in the return of the temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine, protection of national economic interests, supporting the defense industry, countering hostile information operations and protection of Ukrainians abroad, said President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

“Intelligence must effectively detect and counter all potential threats and challenges to Ukrainian interests. Obtaining warning information about the plans and intentions of the enemies of our statehood, independence, our sovereignty is the key function of the intelligence service”, said the President while introducing the newly appointed Chairman of the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine Valerii Kondratiuk.

The Intelligence Service must also effectively accompany the political dialogue on the return of the occupied territories.

“I expect intelligence information from the Service to develop Ukraine's optimal negotiating position both, in Minsk and during the meeting in the Normandy format. You must make every effort to maintain international support to Ukraine”, the President added.

Besides, Volodymyr Zelenskyy pointed out that the new Chairman of the SZRU should pay special attention to protecting Ukraine's national economic interests and stressed that the inhibition of projects unfavorable to our country should be the focus of the intelligence's efforts.

The Service should also assist the Ukrainian Defense Industry in the development and production of its own models of weapons and military equipment.

“Scientific and technical information obtained in the interests of Ukrainian enterprises means a technological breakthrough in our industry and new jobs for the citizens of Ukraine”, said the President.

Equally important is the detection, prevention of the enemy's information operations and counteracting them.

Besides, the Foreign Intelligence Service should protect Ukrainians abroad in the face of global challenges, especially the coronavirus pandemic, as well as terrorist attacks and international crime.

“Fulfillment of these tasks requires optimization of the organizational structure, all aspects of intelligence activity and professional training of Ukrainian foreign intelligence officers. Valeriy Vitaliyovych, I instruct you to professionally reform the Foreign Intelligence Service of Ukraine, introducing modern models of intelligence work, personnel and strategic communications management”, said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

The President of Ukraine called on SZRU employees never to lose confidence in our people and our state.

“Remain courageous and steadfast in your devotion to serving the people of Ukraine. Ukraine will never leave or abandon its sons and daughters”, stressed the Head of the State.


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