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The State Border Guard Service spokesperson can neither confirm nor deny whether Ovsyannikova had crossed the border

07.06.2022, 15:36
Photo: CNN
Photo: CNN

The State Border Guard Service of Ukraine spokesperson Andriy Demchenko said he could neither confirm nor deny the information about the crossing of Ukraine's border by Marina Ovsyannikova, former editor of russia's propaganda channel "Pervyy" and now a journalist for the German newspaper Die Welt.

Demchenko said this on June 7 at a briefing in Kyiv, Іnterfax-Ukraine reports.

“Access to the information about border crossing by third parties is limited. Not everyone has access to such information, as it is personal data. That is why I can neither confirm nor deny whether she crossed the border," Demchenko said.

He added that all border control activities carried out by the servicemen are performed in accordance with the current legislation, both for citizens of Ukraine and of other countries.

"If we are talking about the citizens of the aggressor state, the activities related to monitoring the conditions of their entry are being intensified," Demchenko said.

As IMI reported, a press conference featuring Marina Ovsyannikova had been scheduled for June 1, but was cancelled due to "negative public response."

Director General of Interfax-Ukraine Oleksandr Martynenko told Detector Media that the press conference with Ovsyannikova had been organized at the request of Die Welt, where she now works as a columnist, with the help of Dutch volunteer and philanthropist Мariam Lambert and Ukrainian public and media organization Stop Corruption (StopCor). StopCor denied their involvement in the preparation of Ovsyannikova's press conference.

In the beginning of March, Ovsyannikova entered the studio during an allegedly live "Vremya" broadcast with a "No war" poster. The video recording of this part of the broadcast has been uploaded to YouTube. Later, the russian quit her work at the propaganda channel.

The Centre for Strategic Communications and Information Security has reported that Ovsyannikova is currently an active asset in russian informational and psychological operations. Namely, she has gained recognition and credibility in the West and is using it to promote the narrative about the "necessity" of lifting the sanctions to Western audience.

German media outlet Die Welt has hired Ovsyannikova as a correspondent.

On April 14, Ukrainian activists in Berlin demanded that Die Welt media group fires the former editor of russian propaganda channel "Pervyy" Marina Ovsyannikova.

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