"Russia has long been implementing a hostile policy against Ukraine, resulting in the annexation of Crimea and occupation of part of the eastern regions of Ukraine. Today, Russia's aggression against Ukraine is carried out in the form of a hybrid war, during which Russia, in addition to military operations, uses carefully planned information provocations, seeking to consistently discredit Ukraine as a reliable and predictable partner, in particular, in such sensitive areas as military and technical cooperation," the report says.
According to Turchynov, such provocations are intended among other things to manipulate public consciousness with the aim of camouflaging Russia's active participation in many destructive campaigns.
"In this context, the working group sees the NYT article of Aug. 14, 2017 as an element of information cover and distraction of the attention of the world community from Russia's alleged participation in the implementation of North Korean missile programs," the NSDC secretary sums up.
Read more: Engines for North Korean missiles could be obtained from Ukraine, - The New York Times
Earlier, The New York Times cited an expert analysis and classified assessments by American intelligence agencies stating that North Korea's success in testing an intercontinental ballistic missile that appears able to reach the United States was made possible by black-market purchases of powerful rocket engines probably from a Ukrainian factory with historical ties to Russia's missile program.
National Security and Defense Council Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov said in a commentary Ukraine has always complied with its international obligations, so the state defense and airspace industries have never delivered weapons and military technologies to North Korea.
Ukraine's PA Yuzhmash also said in a commentary that the article in The New York Times was a provocation.