The fact that private data of journalists in eastern Ukraine accused of “collaborating with terrorists” has repeatedly been leaked online with no repercussions means that it is backed by authorities, Russia’s ombudsman for human rights told RT.
European officials have urged Kiev to delete yet another list of foreign journalists “accused” of covering the situation on the ground in eastern Ukraine by a notorious website which claims to be hunting “enemies of the state” and “terrorist collaborators.”
The protests could be a way of allowing Kiev to say: ‘Look, we’ve got these terrible people protesting against us, but we’re nonetheless going to allow elections in Donbass, John Laughland, director of studies at the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation in Paris, told RT.
The people in power in Kiev have become the prisoners of their own fantasies and see the world in terms that are not fact-based, says Kees Van Der Pijl, International relations expert, University of Sussex.
Ukrainian MPs have urged the BBC to stop distorting reality and say “Russian aggression” instead of “civil war” when describing the conflict in the country. The BBC rejected the claim, reserving right to use various terms to “objectively” cover the events.
The leaking of journalists’ personal data by a Ukrainian website indicates that the situation in the country is alarming and it is incumbent on the authorities to step in, investigative journalist Russ Baker told RT.