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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Kiev Chastises Reporters

KIEV -- Ukraine's Foreign Ministry announced it has withdrawn the credentials of three Russian television reporters, saying they had produced "provocative" stories on the former Soviet republic. Ministry spokesman Yury Sergeyev said accreditations had been withdrawn from correspondents of Commonwealth television in the Black Sea port of Odessa and in the eastern cities of Donetsk and Kharkov. Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk accused Russian media on Tuesday of "rabid and dishonest" reporting on the dispute pitting Ukraine against its rebel Crimea region. Sergeyev said: "We had proposed to (Commonwealth television) to replace these correspondents with objective people and we are still waiting for a reply." He added: "This decision was taken in connection with actions incompatible with international conceptions on information." Russian media, particularly Commonwealth television, have been seen as sympathetic to the stand taken by ethnic Russians against Ukraine in the dispute. Commonwealth television has issued a series of reports on troop movements in Crimea which have subsequently proved to be false or exaggerated. Ukrainian television has frequently confined its reporting on the Crimean question to reading decisions issued by Ukrainian authorities and screening lengthy interviews with top government officials.