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RT reporters barred from entering Ukraine

May 23, 2014, 14:25 UTC+3 23 23/5

Over the last several weeks, several RT reporters were not allowed to the territory of Ukraine without explanation

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Border crossing between Russia and Ukraine

Border crossing between Russia and Ukraine

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MOSCOW, May 23. /ITAR-TASS/. Cameramen from the Spanish language editorial office of the RT television news channel was barred from entering Ukraine without explanation, the television company said on Friday.

RT is a global news television channel broadcasting from Russia for all over the world in English, Spanish and Arabic.

The reporters had accreditation of the Ukrainian Central Election Commission for coverage of the presidential elections.

Cameraman Alexander Serichenko and his assistant Andrei Peleshok were denied entry when they arrived at the airport of Odessa. Without explanations, border guards forced the reporters to buy tickets back to Moscow at their own expense.

On May 20, reporters of the Arab language editorial staff who arrived in Kiev to cover the presidential elections were also denied entry to Ukraine. After thorough examination of their luggage and questioning at Kiev's airport, the reporters were told that they "failed to explain the aim of their visit", though they were accredited for the elections. Border guards put marks "denied entry to Ukraine" in the journalists' passports.

On April 7, a cameraman from RUPTLY video agency, belonging to RT, was denied entry to Ukraine at Donetsk airport. The official explanation was that the cameraman did not have enough money to stay in the country.

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