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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Ukraine has taken another step toward deepening its ties to NATO by signing an agreement to formalize its participation in the security alliance's Joint Center for Advanced Technologies in Cyber Defense (CCDCOE).



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...The CCDCOE functions as a cyber-defense knowledge hub, research institution, and training and exercise facility that assists members with technology, threat-sharing and policy expertise. CCDCOE membership is not limited to NATO nations.

Ukraine submitted its application to join the Estonia-based center in August 2021. Last April, the 27 sponsoring nations in the steering committee unanimously endorsed Ukraine as a contributing participant in the CCDCOE " thus giving the other member state's access to Ukraine's "valuable first-hand knowledge of several adversaries".

That language was a nod to both the cyberwarfare tactics Russia employed ahead of and during its illegal invasion of Ukraine, and Moscow's earlier attacks against Ukraine's power grids and other digital targets.

The newer technical agreement, which must be signed by all of the center's member countries, would formalize Ukraine's participation in the cyber-defense group.

"During the past year, we already actively cooperated with the United Center of Advanced Technologies for Cyber Defense of NATO," Ukraine's Yuriy Shchygol, head of state special forces, said in a statement....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-25 12:43 PM | Reply

Sweet irony before Russia invaded Ukraine had only interested in joining the EU not NATO.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2023-01-25 12:56 PM | Reply

That's total Crap. The Ukrainian constitution explicitly says that NATO membership is a primary goal of the state. It's enshrined there.

#3 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2023-01-25 03:58 PM | Reply

The Ukrainian constitution explicitly says that NATO membership is a primary goal of the state.

That's a strange thing to write into a constitution.

#4 | Posted by REDIAL at 2023-01-25 04:06 PM | Reply

Yeah, they should have said it was only 3/5 of a goal.

Then Republicans would undersatnd.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2023-01-25 04:08 PM | Reply

@#4 ... That's a strange thing to write into a constitution. ...

Yup, it is odd to have it in the Constitution.

It was put there, as an amendment, as a result of Russia's invasion and annexation of Crimea. Prior to 2014, Ukrainians were so-so about joining NATO. Pres Putin's invasion of Crimea pushed Ukrainians to be more in favor, further aided by Pres Putin's stoking the flames of dissent in eastern Ukraine.

#6 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-25 04:19 PM | Reply

Tip of the spear. Death to Russia! Death to Putin!

#7 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2023-01-25 04:23 PM | Reply

It was put There because the Western stooges installed after the Maidan coup insisted on putting it in. They had no power before they got in as a result of electoral malfeasance and violence.

FIFY, you can thank me later.

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2023-01-25 04:43 PM | Reply

Ukraine is Not a democracy. The Maidan was the last nail in it's coffin.

Civil war disenfranchised, the entire eastern quarter of the country. The most populated and economically developed area in Ukraine.

Some might say that makes the government in Kiev illegitimate.

Like if the east coast was excluded from US elections,would the outcome reflect the democratic will of the people,or the wishes of a divided and unstable section of the electorate?

#9 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2023-01-25 04:55 PM | Reply

Meanwhile Putin's mercenary in Chief has been outed as a closet homosexual.

#10 | Posted by Tor at 2023-01-25 04:57 PM | Reply



So you and Pres Putin are all sour grapes about Ukraine's Russian-stooge government being chased back to Russia, to the point you call it a coup.

I feel sad for you.

Pres Putin thinks Ukraine should not exist, that all of Ukraine should be Russia. Not just eastern Ukraine, but all of Ukraine.

The Ukrainians are of a different opinion, that is why they sent Pres Putin's stooge government back to Russia. And it is why they currently are defending their sovereign country from Pres Putin's unprovoked invasion.

#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-01-25 05:32 PM | Reply

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