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Security Service of Ukraine Prepares Blacklist of Russian Media

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A list of Russian media suggested to be stripped of accreditation at authorities was handed over to the Verkhovna Rada.

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MOSCOW, February 21 (Sputnik) — Security Service of Ukraine prepared a list of Russian media suggested to be deprived of accreditation at Ukrainian authorities, service’s spokeswoman Elena Gitlyanskaya told RIA Novosti Saturday.

"Yes, we prepared the list and handed it over to the [Ukrainian Parliament] Verkhovna Rada," Gitlyanskaya said, not specifying what media were included.

Another source in the agency confirmed to RIA Novosti that over 100 Russian media may be deprived of accreditation.

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"Russian media that write about so-called DPR and LPR are included in the list," the source said, referring to the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine.

The source noted that news outlets with Russian titles, which had been registered in Ukraine, would not be banned.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian government signed a document stating that the accreditation of Russian journalists at Ukrainian government agencies has been suspended. The Ukrainian parliament voted to pass the legislation last week.

The Russian Foreign Ministry responded that the suspension was a part of the Ukrainian policy to "sanitize" the media space.

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