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In Donetsk, armed DPR gunmen captured TV channel "Yunion"

04.08.2014, 13:59

On August  2, at 10 a.m., the office of the TV and radio company «Yunion» in Donetsk was taken over by armed representatives of the so-called «Donetsk People’s Republic». This was reported by “Telekrytyka”. Donetsk People’s Republic informed it introduced external management of the TV channel «Yunion».

Till August 2, the TV channel continued working even in the combat zone. Most of its staff has been on vacation since the beginning of June. It broadcasts no programs live. Its news service journalists work remote and mostly through its website www.union.ua.

For the context, on March 4, on the rally in Donetsk Pavlo Hubarev, who had proclaimed himself the governor of Donetska oblast, publicly threatened to take over the TV companies «Yunion» and «Donbas».

On April 28, separatists, which captured the Donetsk TV center, switched off all Ukrainian  national and local channels in Donetsk, including «Yunion».

On May 8, the representatives of the so-called «Donetsk People’s Republic» captured the building of the TV channel «Yunion» in Donetsk.

On May 25, the office of the TV channel «Yunion» in Donetsk was taken over by armed men, which demanded changes in the editorial policy. 

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