19:38 Sep. 4, 2016
Some channel crew members are reported to remain inside the Inter building
The building of Inter TV channel, one of the most influential national Ukrainian private broadcasters, was set on fire in central Kyiv, on Sunday, September 4, Ukrainian media report.
On September 4th, Ukrainian activists staged a rally in front of the Inter building. They chanted Inter Is Kremlin's Agent, set up tents and set fire to tires.
When the rally was over, someone threw a smoke bomb in the premises, which caused the fire.
According to preliminary reports, the fire broke out in the middle of the building.
Six people were detained. According to journalists, one of the detainees was dressed in a traditional costume and had a tattoo with the image of Cossack.
According to eyewitnesses, fire engines, ambulances and the police arrived on scene.
Some of the channel staff are still reported to be in the building.
BACKGROUND: Inter TV channel informational policy repeatedly caused negative reaction of society. Since 2014 Inter was criticised for broadcasting Russian serials. On December 11, 2014 "Boycott Russian Films" activists were picketing Inter main office in Kyiv. During the action named "Do not kill our protectors by Russian propaganda!" young people placed photos of Ukrainian soldiers, killed during the 2014 Russian military intervention in Ukraine, on the main entrance. Activists claimed that Inter takes second place among TV channels concerning the amount of Russian origin content. Protesters announced that Russian films and serials on Inter glorify Russian armed forces, which is unacceptable during the war (Source - Wikipedia).
Photo courtesy - Lyudmila Panasyuk, Ukrainian correspondent