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Explosives "planted" at the "Dnipro Operatyvny" office three times last week

18.12.2023, 16:57

The Dnipro online media outlet "Dnipro Operatyvny" received three messages claiming that explosives have been planted at their office.

The editor-in-chief Olesya Antoshkina reported this to the regional representative of the IMI.

According to her, messages about the alleged mining were sent to the editorial inbox on December 15, 16, and 17.

"We are tired of these messages. This time we called the police again, one time it was at night – we spent half the night on the phone to resolve it. This one was another false claim, but we can't not call the police," said Olesya Antoshkina.

The editor believes these messages have to do with the Russians.

IMI lawyer Roman Holovenko explains that such actions may fall under Part 1 of Article 345-1 of the Criminal Code: death threats, threatening violence, destruction or damage to property upon a journalist, their close relatives or family members due to their legal reporting. Such actions are punishable by up to two years of community service, arrest for up to six months, restriction of liberty for up to three years, or imprisonment for up to three years.

A report by the Dnipro City Council also says that there have been messages claiming some metro stations and several large shops in the city have been mined.

As reported by the IMI, "Dnipro Operatyvny" received several messages about explosives allegedly being planted at their office over the course of this year. For instance, such incidents happened on August 9 and May 21. However, the police found no explosives after examining the office.

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