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RSF Condemns Attacks On Ukrainian Opposition Media Outlets

The media watchdog group Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has condemned "outrageous and clearly illegal" attacks on the offices of three opposition mass media outlets in Kyiv.

In its December 10 statement, RSF said that "the raids on the offices of the newspaper 'Vechirni Visti,' the online TV station INTV, and the news website were serious violations of the freedom of information and Ukraine's constitutional guarantees."

RSF urged a complete investigation and said that if the Ukrainian Special Forces were responsible, "the competent authorities must explain their actions and be held accountable."'s editor, Yuriy Butusov, told RFE/RL that late on December 9 unidentified armed and masked people raided the offices of the three media outlets and removed all servers and databases.

The three mass media outlets belong to representatives of the opposition Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party.