Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov said that the decision to impose sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK television channels was made within the framework of Ukrainian legislation and the Constitution. He stated this during a briefing.
Danilov also added that the preparation of documents for the NSDC decision by the relevant services and institutions took much time.
"The grounds are the decision of the Verkhovna Rada and the Security Service's appeal with the relevant documents to the NSDC apparatus. According to the law on sanctions, there are 5 (4) institutions that can represent the NSDC apparatus for the adoption of these sanctions. These are the President of Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada, the Cabinet of Ministers, and the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU). Some of these documents are secret, because we are talking about information that we receive from the state, which is currently implementing aggressive plans towards our country. I can say that such documents must be prepared carefully and we must have a 100% basis in order to make the appropriate decision. And if someone thinks it can be done in a day or a week, he is deeply mistaken," Danilov said.
Danilov states that the decision to impose sanctions is not connected with freedom of speech, but with "information terrorism."
Earlier, on February 2, Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree on sanctions against 112 Ukraine, NewsONE and ZiK TV channels. By this decree, he enforced the decision of the National Security and Defense Council on sanctions on the cancellation of the broadcasting licenses of the TV channels belonging to Taras Kozak (112 Ukraine, NewsOne, ZIK). According to the decree that is eligible since the moment of signature, the TV channels faced sanctions that will be active for five years. These sanctions make the broadcasting impossible.