TV and radio company "Ukraina" says "Dnipro-1" and "Right Sector" fighters threatened to shoot to kill. Batallions deny this
The TV channel «Ukraina» issued a statement that its journalists and cameramen were threatened at checkpoints by the fighters of the volunteer battalions «Dnipro-1» and «Right Sector». They published this statement on the website of the media holding “Media Group Ukraine” (the holding owns the channel). According to the journalists, in the evening of December 16, when the filming crews were covering the humanitarian convoy from Rinat Akhmetov they were approached by a group of armed “Right Sector” fighters riding a car. They demanded to stop recording and get out, otherwise they threatened to open fire against the filming crews accompanying humanitarian convoys. Another filming crew at a different checkpoint received similar threats from the fighters of “Dnipro-1”. The journalists addressed the police with a request to investigate the circumstances and to take measures.
The “Right Sector”'s press service called the journalists’ claims an exaggeration. The regiment “Dnipro-1” also denies threatening journalists or obstructing their work. The TV channel and “Ukraina” and the “Media Group Ukraine” holding belong to the “System Capital Management”, owned by Rinat Akhmetov.
Before the volunteer battalions and “Right Sector” decided to block access of humanitarian convoys to the terrorists’ territories, as they believe that under guise of humanitarian aid they supply the terrorists. Akhmetov’s company denies this.
As IMI informed before, there were also complaints from the journalists of “Channel 34” about threats from fighters of “Dnipro-1” and “Right Sector” at one of the checkpoints near Kurakhovo (Donteska oblast).