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Ukrainian MPs All Set to Gag Free Flow of Information From Donbass

© AFP 2021 / GENYA SAVILOV Servicemen walk on May 28, 2015 around Ukrainian positions on the frontline facing eastern Ukrainian independence supporters near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine
Servicemen walk on May 28, 2015 around Ukrainian positions on the frontline facing eastern Ukrainian independence supporters near Donetsk in eastern Ukraine - Sputnik International
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Ukrainian lawmakers may vote to censor the flow of information coming from the country’s war-torn east.

Members of the Ukrainian parliament attend a session dedicated to a vote on the creation of a new National Guard force, in Kiev, on March 13, 2014 - Sputnik International
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A bipartisan bill, submitted earlier this week, calls for a ban on all information about the hostilities in Donbass without prior permission from the top military brass.

If approved, the bill will become part of the existing “antiterrorism laws” and will entail legal punishment for the publication in the media or on social networks of information pertaining to the deployment of the Ukrainian armed forces, their combat readiness, equipment, etc.

Violation of any of these provisions will be punishable by up to four years behind bars. If such information is spread by a government official or via a media outlet, this will carry a jail sentence of up to six years.

“This will send us all back to the times of [former President Viktor] Yanukovych and even [Josef] Stalin!” fumed MP Olga Chervakova from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc.

“As a member of the biggest pro-government faction in parliament, I will do my best to prevent this primitive piece of legislative thought from ever being adopted,” she added.

On Friday the Verhovna Rada approved a draft law which conditionally bans the use of mobile phones by Ukrainian military personnel deployed in the Donbass war zone.

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