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Nationalists fail to storm Ukraine TV center over ‘Kremlin propaganda'

February 25, 15:20 UTC+3 KIEV
About 50 activists tried to storm the building of Ukraine's Inter TV channel where a television producer used swear words referring to participants in February 2014 Maidan events
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KIEV, February 25. /TASS/. Activists of Ukraine’s nationalist battalion Azov have dispersed after failing to storm the building of Ukraine's Inter TV channel, where a television producer used swear words referring to participants in the so-called "revolution of dignity" in Kiev’s Independence Square in February 2014.

About 50 demonstrators armed with truncheons tried to storm the building, but it was defended from inside with barbed wire and fire extinguishers used against them.

After the failed attack, the nationalists spattered the inner yard of the premises with garbage and damaged a local resident's car. They continued blocking approaches to the building for a while and dispersed after painting anti-Russian slogans on the facade.

Azov’s press service said protesters were demanding a review of channel policy, slamming it as "the mouthpiece of Kremlin propaganda".

After Maria Stolyarova, creative producer of the channel’s Details program, swore in referring to Maidan protest events in Ukraine's capital, she was sacked. Ukraine's security service expelled her from the country, banning her from Ukraine for five years.

On Thursday, Ukraine’s National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting ordered unplanned checks at Inter for showing Russian films produced in 2014 in violation of Ukrainian legislation as well as over the recent incident.

In January 2015, Inter TV was warned by the security service and the General Prosecutor’s Office for airing New Year broadcasting using Russian artists.

Riots in the center of Ukraine's capital in February 2014 claimed the lives of more than 100 people, among them mass protest activists in support of Eurointegration and law enforcers.

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