Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has commented on his move to block a number of TV channels, saying he strongly supports the freedom of speech, but not propaganda financed by the aggressor country.
"Sanctions is a difficult decision. Ukraine strongly supports freedom of speech. Not propaganda financed by the aggressor country that undermines Ukraine on its way to EU & EuroAtlantic integration. Fight for independence is fight in the information war for truth & European values," he wrote on Twitter on February 3, 2021.
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- On February 2, Zelensky enacted a National Security and Defense Council decision of February 2, 2021, to impose sanctions on Member of Parliament Taras Kozak and a number of TV channels Kozak owns, such as 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK.
- After that, the channels were immediately disconnected from broadcasting.