New wave of repression sweeps Ukraine; journalists among those targeted

‘Contributed to anti-Ukrainian actions’: SBU conducts more than 25 searches in several regions of the country

March 12: The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) conducted more than 25 searches on Monday of a number of individuals, including journalists, on suspicion of assisting Russia in conducting anti-Ukrainian actions, SBU spokesperson Yelena Gitlyanskaya announced on Facebook. According to her, searches were authorized and carried out in different regions of the country. 

“Propaganda materials, weapons, explosives and a lot of other evidence of subversive activities against our country were seized during the searches,” said Gitlyanskaya, promising to publish detailed information after the completion of the proceedings.

The SBU spokesperson noted that journalistic activity cannot is no excuse for anti-state activities.

According to media reports, one of those subject to search was journalist Yuri Lukashin.

Translated by Greg Butterfield

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