11 Oct 2019 Lvl. 1
Alert created on: 16 Jul 2019 n° 81/2019 Ukraine
TV Channel '112 Ukraine' Kyiv Office Targeted by a Grenade
On 13 July 2019, two unidentified persons targeted the office of the private TV channel '112 Ukraine' on Dehtiarivska street 21G, in Kyiv, using a grenade launcher. The attack happened at 3:27 a.m. and was recorded by three CCTV cameras installed outside the media building. The incident caused damage to the facade and nearby parked cars. Nobody was injured. At 3:40 a.m. local residents alerted the police who immediately started inspecting the area. A spent tube used to fire a rocket-propelled grenade was found. The press service of the national police qualified the incident as a "terrorist act". The Security Service of Ukraine has started an investigation. Channel 112 had received a warning earlier this week after the TV had planned to broadcast the public premiere of the documentary "Revealing Ukraine". Some employees of '112 Ukraine' received messages with threats. The documentary was considered as "anti-Ukrainian narratives of Kremlin propaganda" by the Ministry of Information Policy. Channel 112 cancelled the broadcasting in order to avoid possible legal consequences and requested police protection, but the police didn't follow-up on the request, neither before the attack or after, according to the National Union of Journalists of Ukraine. '112 Ukraine' now strengthened its protection on its own.
11 Oct 2019
Reply from the Government of Ukraine
16 Jul 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative Statement: "OSCE Media Freedom Representative condemns attack against Ukrainian TV channel 112 in Ukraine"