These funds are a part of broader $24 million aid package, which Ottawa announced earlier, Ukrinform reports.
“Russian hybrid war in Ukraine includes disinformation activities designed to influence the results of parliamentary and presidential elections. Russia's goal is to destabilize the Ukrainian state and to spread among its citizens doubts about the legitimacy of democracy as such. In response, Canada will provide a package of assistance to support the Government of Ukraine, civil society and independent media in countering Russian disinformation on the eve of 2019 elections,” the Canada’s Global Affairs explained.
As noted, Canada will pay particular attention to the residents of temporarily occupied areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
“A part of this assistance will concern the areas, which are not controlled by the government, and will consist in encouraging them to use their democratic right to vote,” the Canada’s Global Affairs noted.
As reported, Canada announced the allocation of $24 million to support electoral reforms, election observers, gender equality and inclusive governance in Ukraine.