Journalists denied access to part of southern regions, seaports
Sea port of Odessa (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
Ukraine has banned journalists from working in some frontline areas and warzones as part of sweeping new changes to media access in wartime Ukraine.
The new restrictions are set out in order from the Ukrainian Armed Forces’ Commander-in-Chief dated March 20.
The order establishes three work zones for media – red, yellow, and green.
Red Zone – Media Prohibited
- Odesa Oblast – Zmiinyi (Snake) Island, a border area island near Transnistria
- Vinnytsia Oblast – border area and the liberated territories
- Mykolaiv Oblast – Luparave, Lymany, Prybuzke, Liubomyrivka, Kyselivka, Novopetrivka, and Snihurivka
- Kherson Oblast – The strip of coastal territorial communities and separate zones within the territorial communities of Posad-Pokrovske, Pravdyne, Davydiv Brid, Mala Oleksandrivka, Vysokopillia, as well as a strip of settlements on both sides along the Inhulets River
- Dnipropetrovsk Oblast – territorial communities along the shore of the Kakhovka water reservoir to the oblast border
- The red zone also includes all critical and military infrastructure facilities, and sea and river ports, regardless of their geographic location
Yellow Zone – Media Permitted only with public relations officer or another official designated by commander
- Kherson (except for southern Kherson Oblast)
- Mykolayiv Oblast – Mykolayiv, Balovne, Nova Odesa, Yelanets, Novovasylivka, Olhopil, Bereznehuvatske, Rozanivka, Novooleksandrivka, Dmytrivka, Novoskeliuvatka, Mykhailivka, Novolazarivka, Troyitsko-Safonove, Zoria, Lepetykha, Bila Krynytsia, Chervona Dolyna, Pervomaiske, and Voskresenske, as well as the territories of Ochakiv and Kutsurub
- Dnipropetrovsk Oblast – Zelenodolsk, Apostolove and Mykhailo-Zavodske
- Odesa Oblast – communities along the Danube River from the mouth of Bystre to Reni, and the coast of the Black Sea and estuaries
Green zone – Media permitted without a public relations officer or other designated official
- Kirovohrad Oblast – Bobrynets, Kropyvnytskyi, Kamianka, Svitlovodsk, downstream along the right bank of the Dnipro River
- Odesa, Mykolayiv and Kherson oblasts (excluding localities and red and yellow zone facilities)
- Vinnytsia Oblast (excluding the red border zone)
- All other areas of Ukraine
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