The National Union of Journalists of Ukraine expressed solidarity with the injured colleague Oleksandr Vlaschenko and stressed that they are in contact with the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the status of the investigation into the attack. The head of the National Union of Journalists Serhiy Tomilenko reported this on his Facebook page.
“The attack on journalist Oleksandr Vlaschenko in Mykolaiv is appalling, and obviously, unless the investigation establishes otherwise, it is about deliberate intimidation over professional journalistic activity. The leadership of the Ministry of Internal Affairs was informed about the incident and it will monitor the status of the investigation of this crime,” Tomilenko wrote.
The News-N agency, in which Vlaschenko works, noted it was not the first attack on the journalist. In October 2012, he was assaulted and got shot from a pneumatic pistol in the head. The bullet has not yet been pulled out - it is stuck deep in the brain tissue. Then the police were able to find the attackers, they were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. In September 2014, Vlaschenko was abducted by unknown persons. He was forced a sack on his head, pushed into a car and taken out of town. He was detained there for about 5 hours, questioned, threatened with murder. An appeal was submitted to law enforcement agencies, but the attackers were never found.
As it was reported earlier, the journalist of News-N website Oleksander Vlashchenko was attacked in Mykolaiv on November 30. The attack occurred on the street Sadova, near the entrance of the house in which the journalist lives. Vlashchenko, he said, was returning home when a man approached him and sprayed him in the face with a gas spray. After that, he was punched several times in the face. How many attackers were there - one or several, he does not remember. They did not touch the victim’s money.