Ukraine blocked pro Russian YouTube channels and sanctioned media as the crisis with Russia goes out of control.
(Face Of Nigeria Blog News)– Relations between Kiev and Moscow deteriorated sharply after the reunification of Crimea with Russia in March 2014 and the outbreak of conflict in Donbass in April of the same year.
Part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions declared independence.
Kiev tried to return them by force, but to no avail.
Ukraine accuses Russia of armed aggression and occupation of Crimea and regions of Donbass.
The Kremlin rejects the claim.
Ukraine has blocked the YouTube channels of the sanctioned TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK, which earlier President Volodymyr Zelensky had promised to permanently disable.
This was reported by the press service of “Pershy Nezalezhny” on Saturday, April 24.
“YouTube has deprived Ukrainian users of access to these channels due to daily requests from the office of the President of Ukraine,” the message says.
At the same time, at the end of April, Minister of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko in an interview with RBC-Ukraine promised not to block opposition TV channels anymore, but to focus on the fight against Russian media.
In turn, Zelensky gave his word to permanently disable the TV channels “112 Ukraine”, NewsOne and ZIK, which, according to him, “act at the behest of the aggressor.” He then stressed that the broadcast of the three TV channels should also be blocked on YouTube.
In early February, Zelenskiy put into effect the decision of the National Security and Defense Council to block the opposition TV channels 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK. After his decree, they stopped broadcasting.
Personal sanctions were also imposed on the deputy from the Opposition Platform – For Life party, Taras Kozak , who owns the Novosti media holding.
Later, the restrictions were extended to the chairman of the political council of the Opposition Platform – For Life party Viktor Medvedchuk , his wife Oksana Marchenko , individuals and legal entities associated with them, including from Russia.
The Kremlin considered the blocking of TV channels and sanctions against Medvedchuk as disturbing information.
Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov noted that the restrictions indicate Ukraine’s intention to end the war in Donbass by force.