Special permit required for journalists to visit Bakhmut starting today
Starting today, February 13, journalists will only be allowed to visit Bakhmut with a special permit. This was announced on the website of the Donetsk Oblast Military Administration.
The military and law enforcers together with the Donetsk OMA accept applications for the permit, issue them, and revoke them after use.
You can get a permit in Kramatorsk. The permits are personalized and are only issued to those persons who have the accreditation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
The Donetsk OMA emphasizes that information about the issued permit will be sent to the journalist's phone. Therefore, the OMA advises to list your phone number correctly. The permit must be handed personally to the journalist receiving it.
When crossing checkpoints, the permit must be presented together with a UAF accreditation certificate which has the journalist's name on it.
The OMA notes that without UAF accreditation and a personalized permit, a journalist will not be able to cross checkpoints.
On the way back from Bakhmut, the permit must be handed to an official checking documents at the checkpoint.
The permit is valid for the date listed in it. Checkpoints can not be crossed on a different day than specified in the permit.
The OMA also advises anyone who intends to work in Donetsk oblast and in Bakhmut specifically to take care of their own safety.
"We do not provide special support for working at civilian objects. We may provide support for working with military units or law enforceers, upon prior agreement with them," the message reads.
If you have any questions, contact the press office of the Donetsk Oblast Military Administration at 095 618 3985.
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