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24
January
2023

SBU notifies TV presenter Panchenko of suspicion for backing Mariupol occupation

KYIV. Jan 24 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The Security Service of Ukraine has collected full evidence base on the pro-Kremlin propagandist Diana Panchenko, who publicly justified the Russian armed aggression against Ukraine, the SBU said on the Telegram channel on Tuesday.

Panchenko previously worked on the sanctioned TV channels owned by Member of Parliament Viktor Medvedchuk, who is suspected of high treason, where she disseminated Moscow’s anti-Ukrainian narratives.

"After the start of a full-scale invasion, the former TV presenter supported the Russian occupiers and left for the temporarily occupied Donetsk in August last year. There she continued to spread enemy propaganda through manipulative stories in favor of the aggressor country. To disperse destructive content, she actively uses social media, including those banned in Ukraine," the SBU said.

The former Ukrainian TV presenter in her provocative "projects" supports the seizure of part of the eastern regions of Ukraine. In addition, she created a so-called "documentary" in which she justifies the war crimes of the Russian invaders against civilians in Mariupol, the special service said.

On the basis of the collected evidence, the SBU investigators notified Panchenko of suspicion under Part 3 of Article 436-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (production and distribution, including repeatedly and using the media, of materials that justify the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine).

The investigation was carried out by employees of the Main Investigation Department together with the Department for the Protection of National Statehood of the SBU under the procedural guidance of the prosecutor’s office.

As reported, in January 2023, the SBU opened criminal proceedings against Panchenko under Part 2 of Article 436-2 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (justification, recognition of lawfulness, denial of the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, glorification of its participants).