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Taruta’s assistant is against journalists making photos of Mariupol residents digging anti-tank ditches

30.08.2014, 16:58

Foreign journalists were forbidden from making photos of how local Mariupol residents were digging anti-tank ditches on Novoazovsk direction. This was reported by a Polish journalist from the weekly "Tygodnik powszechny" Pawe? Pieni??ek.

According to him, they were located near a checkpoint on the eastern vehicular entrance to Mariupol from Novoazovsk direction and observed how local volunteers gathered and began digging anti-tank ditches, a great example of self-organization. All journalists present there, about a dozen of them, have obtained accreditation from the Security Service of Ukraine, but they were told they may not make photos unless they have permission from the ATO HQ and the person in charge of the checkpoint.

The person that issued the prohibition is the assistant to the head of Donetska oblast state administration Serhiy Taruta, as he believes that such photos help the enemies of Ukraine. Pieni??ek emphasized that in the current situation, when Ukraine is losing the informational war this is not the soundest position. 

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