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112 Ukraine did not distort information on Ichnia explosion, - ex-Head of Armed Forces press office

112 Ukraine was the first one to ask to comment on the situation in Ichnia
19:21, 10 October 2018

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112 Ukraine did not distort information about the events in the ammunition depot in Ichnia, Chernihiv region, and did not hide this topic, as Vladyslav Seleznyov, the former Head of Armed Forces Headquarters press office, said on air of the TV channel.

Yesterday, Defence Ministry accused 112 Ukraine of fake news. The TV channel, just like the others, covered the events according to the official information of Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service. Later, this information was disproved with a reference to the Defence Ministry.

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“You are like friends for me. We’ve been cooperating for almost 4,5 years, starting from Crimea’s events, I have also served with Bogdan Senik for a while. So it’s quite hard for me to be impartial, but I will voice the facts and figures. The first call I received at 6:07 am from 112 Ukraine with a request to clarify the situation in Ichnia and I have immediately connected the editor with the Head of Public Relations Office so that our journalists get reliable and official information. Then, there were some more calls from the central TV channels, and I did the same. Yesterday, I’ve got some calls from the guest editor of 112 Ukraine, so I can’t say whether you source was hiding the truth or covering distorted information as I have seen everything which was going on on air,” Seleznyov said.

Related: Second day after explosions in Ichnia: Current situation

Reportedly,at 9:45 am, State Emergency Service informed that there were 88,000 tons of ammunition in the 6th armoury of the Defence Ministry. Later, the Ministry denied this information, yet it also accused 112 Ukraine of spreading wrong information. Today, at the Government’s session, Stepan Poltorak, the Defence Minister, stated that there were 69,500 tons of ammunition in Ichnia ammo depot when the fire started.

In an official response to the Defence Ministry, 112 Ukraine expressed hope that the sequence of attacks at our TV channel is just an unfortunate coincidence, and not a targeted campaign of the Defence Ministry. We will continue informing the audience about events in Ukraine and the world first, using only official and reliable information. Again, unlike many deputies and officials who are ready to write and tell anything to create information noise. 

Related: Ukrainian government allocates $3,5 million to deal with Ichnia ammo depot explosions

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