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Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko (Image: Christopher Jones/AFP)

Agency Report

Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has called for global cooperation in countering the threat of Russian cyber attack, a media report said on Thursday.

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Poroshenko disclosed this in Davos, Switzerland, urging the United States to “be great again” by demonstrating leadership on issues such as global security.

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pledge to improve ties with the Kremlin and open admiration for Russian President Vladimir Putin has put Ukraine, whose Crimea region was annexed by Russia in 2014, under the spotlight.

Poroshenko played down speculation that Washington could backtrack on its support for Kiev, noting that Trump had said publicly that he would stick to U.S. obligations.

However, there had been “promising” statements by nominees to his cabinet.

“That gives us a lot of more optimism for the future,” Poroshenko was reported to have told newsmen.

He said that he already had a visit planned to meet the new U.S. president “in a few months”.

Poroshenko said joint global efforts were needed to halt Russian aggression, both military and cyber.

“There is a global cyber war of Russia against the whole world, there is lots of evidence. This is a global danger and the world should be together to fight this danger,’’ he noted.

Ukraine’s utility Ukrenergo on Wednesday in Kiev said that a cyber attack was behind a December 17 and December 18 power blackout in the capital city.

Ukrenergo did not say who was behind the incident, although Ukrainian security services blamed Russian cyber attacks for similar power outages in December 2015.

The Kremlin has denied any involvement in cyber attacks on Ukraine.

Moscow is also alleged to have sought to influence the U.S. election by hacking Democratic political groups, something Russia has dismissed.

“The same way as Russian propaganda is an element of Russian hybrid war, cyber warfare is an element of the Russian hybrid war, no matter if it’s in Germany or United States,’’ the Ukrainian president said.