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NewsOne ultimate owners might be linked to Russian “Promsvyazbank” – General Prosecutor Lutsenko told

08.07.2019, 18:01
The General Prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko claimed that one of beneficiary owner of the NewsOne TV channel is co-owner of Russian bank “Promsvyazbank”, through which the Kremlin is handling finance to the war against Ukraine. Yuriy Lutsenko claimed it on July 8, as to Hromadske.ua. “We (SBU and GPO - n/ed.)  have got report saying that the ultimate benefiary owner of NewsOne is a Cyprus company run by some citizens of Cyprus. One of them is co-founder of another Cypriot company which is co-owner of Russian “Promsvyazbank”, as Lutsenko told. As to him, the  “Promsvyazbank” ensured defense orders of the Russian Federation. ”Thus, one person links a Russian bank which finances, among other things, the war against Ukraine, and from other side, the same person is beneficiary of Ukraine TV channel NewsOne. From my point of view, this is sufficient information for the Nationa Security and Defence Council to adopt sanctions against this TV channel”, he said. On July 7, Russian presenter Dmitry Kiselev announced in the program “News of the week”that a joint teleconference “Need to talk” with the Ukrainian TV channel NewsOne belonging to the ally of Viktor Medvedchuk, Taras Kozak, was to be held on July 12. NewsOne has announced that it is launching a joint project with the Russian television channel “Russia 24” “Need to talk”, since they thought one should initiate discussion between “the peoples of the two countries, and not the politicians.” The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) initiates an urgent extraordinary meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), aiming to impose some sanctions to legal entities which are broadcasting under the logos “112 Ukraine” and NewsOne TV channels. The National Council on Television and Radio will hold an extraordinary meeting on July 9 due to announced TV link-up between NewsOne and Russia 24. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has called the announced TV link-up of Ukraine’s NewsOne TV channel and Russian state-owned channel Russia 24 a cheap but dangerous PR stunt ahead of the parliamentary elections. On July 8th, NewsOne TV channel  has cancelled the TV linkup “Need to talk” with the Russian TV channel Rossiya-24 (VGTRK). On July 8th, the General Prosecutor’s Office has instituted proceeding on attempted high treason, due to providing media support to the subversive activity against Ukraine that the NewsOne TV channel would commit by holding TV link-up “Need to Talk” with the Russian channel “Russia 24”.
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