"Firstly, I believe that it is inexpedient to publish such lists. Those journalists who are in the counterterrorist operation zone, objectively cover what is happening there, support and show that we are not fighting with the separatists and that it is not an internal Ukrainian conflict," Hrytsak told journalists. "We have no right to interfere with activities of journalists."
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said the online leak is a mistake. The Ukrainian prosecutor’s office said last month it had launched a criminal inquiry into the publications. The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Dunja Mijatovic, said reporters should not be harassed for doing their job and urged Kiev on Thursday to speed up the probe.