Zelensky on sanctions: This is fight in information war for truth

Zelensky on sanctions: This is fight in information war for truth

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has said the decision to impose sanctions against three TV channels was difficult, but the fight for independence is a fight in the information war for truth and European values.

He wrote this on his Twitter account.

"Sanctions is a difficult decision. Ukraine strongly supports freedom of speech. Not propaganda funded by the aggressor country that undermines Ukraine on its way to EU & Euro-Atlantic integration. Fight for independence is fight in the information war for truth & European values," he wrote.

On February 2, Zelensky enacted the decision of the National Security and Defense Council to impose sanctions against television channels NewsOne, ZIK and 112 Ukraine, as well as their owner, Taras Kozak, an MP from the Opposition Platform – For Life party. The sanctions include, among other things, revoking the licenses of these pro-Russian TV channels. The broadcasting of NewsOne, ZIK and 112 Ukraine was discontinued as of the morning of February 3.

Presidential spokesperson Iuliia Mendel said the NSDC decision had been adopted in accordance with Article 5 of the law of Ukraine "On Sanctions," Verkhovna Rada resolution No. 2589-VIII of October 4, 2018 and proposals from the Security Service of Ukraine, had nothing to do with an attack on freedom of speech and had been made with a view to protecting national security.


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