Journalists with Russian Zvezda TV banned from entering Ukraine
The journalists with Zvezda TV channel controlled by the Russian Ministry of Defense have been banned from entering Ukraine for three years, as Ukraynska Pravda reported with a reference to the State Border Guard spokesman Andriy Demchenko and Security Service spokeswoman Olena Hitlianska.
The journalists for Zvezda were to take flight from Kiev to Zurich on December 13. Since they broke the procedure at the checkpoint while entering Ukraine, an administrative offense decision was issued,” Demchenko said.
The Security Service of Ukraine explained saying that since the TV broadcaster they worked for was under the sanction of the National Security and Defense Council, they are now barred from entering Ukraine for three years.
IMI reported, on December 11, 2019, the TV crew with the TV channel of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation “Zvezda” was permitted to entry the territory of Ukraine. The press secretary of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Andriy Demchenko informed that the TV crew of the Russian TV channel "Zvezda" was authorized to enter in Ukraine, since there was no grounds to ban them the entry.
On December 10, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky during a briefing in Paris following the results of the Normandy summit invited Russian propagandists to the Donbass demarcation line to see firsthand what was happening there.