President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky thanked the members of the National Security and Defense Council, as well as the Security Service of Ukraine for their quick response to the sanctions against Taras Kozak. Because of them, 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels were blocked. Zelensky wrote this on his Facebook page.
"I am grateful to the members of the National Security and Defense Council for a responsible and prompt response. I am also grateful to the representatives of civil society for that they absolutely clearly understood and supported the need for this decision by the NSDC. Open and manipulative propaganda should receive a harsh reaction from society. The work of the Security Service also deserves special gratitude," Zelensky wrote.
He also added that all threats to Ukraine's national security should receive an effective and legal response.
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 process impossible.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine will send the request to close the YouTube pages of 112 Ukraine, NewsOne and ZIK TV channels to YouTube.