Poltava police opens a case over an assault on journalist
The Poltava police opened a case over an assault of a "Kolo" journalist Tetiana Tsirulnik.
Yuriy Sulayev, head of the press office of the main office of the Poltava National Police, reported this in his comment to an IMI representative.
According to him, the proceedings have been opened under Part 2 of Article 345-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine ("Threats or violence against a journalist").
"The video recording of the incident has been provided. Further investigation will be carried out. The investigators will interview the witnesses, everyone who was there. The identity of the man has been established. I don't know if he has given an explanation, we are not allowed to interfere in the investigation," Sulayev said.
Tetiana Tsirulnik told IMI that she had gone through a forensic medical examination.
As IMI reported, on May 9, on unknown man in Poltava shoved the "Kolo" journalist and editor-in-chief, Tetiana Tsirulnik, and punched her in the face. The incident happened during the flower laying ceremony at the Soldier's Glory Memorial.
One of the participants of ceremony arrived with a portrait of his father. The journalist, who was present there, said that the action was endorsing the Russian narratives and compared it to the pro-Russian "Immortal Regiment". Another man reacted to the debate very aggressively, first using obscene language to suggest that the journalist "gets away from here". And after the journalist protested, saying that they were in a public place that was open for everyone, the man first forcibly shoved the journalist away from the space in front of the memorial, then punched her in the face.
Part 2 of Article 345-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine provides for restriction of liberty for up to five years or deprivation of liberty for a term of up to three years.
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