The management of the Novosti media holding belonging to Viktor Medvedchuk, the people's deputy and the head of the Opposition Platform—For Life (OPZZh in Ukrainian), allegedly plans to create a new TV channel instead of ZIK, NewsOne, and 112 Ukraine, that Ukraone had previously imposed sanctions on.
This is reported by the Vesti.ua with reference to a document at its disposal. The publication clarifies that the document is being sent to employees of the blocked media. However, there is no other confirmation of this information yet, and the authenticity of the letter has not been confirmed.
At the same time, the founders of the new media in equal shares should supposedly become "the widest possible circle of journalists" who previously worked for ZIK, NewsOne, and 112 Ukraine. This will help protect the new project from possible closure.
At the same time, a letter from Yehor Benkendorf, the President of the Novosti media holding, published by the publication, says that a new project will be created next week. By the 10th of this month, journalists are asked to provide documents and personal data.
Context. Earlier, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) made a decision to impose sanctions against the people's deputy Taras Kozak and Medvedchuk's TV channels: 112 Ukraine, NewsOne, and ZIK for a period of five years. The head of state put this decision into effect. Later, the NSDC also imposed sanctions against airlines—the Moldovan JET4U SRL and the Portuguese JET4U LDA. They own the planes on which Medvedchuk and Kozak flew to Russia.