The Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) expelled a Belarusian citizen, Pavel Karnazytsky and banned him from entering Ukraine for three years. Karnazytsky had often taken part in TV programs on different Channels and positioned himself as a political observer, reported the SBU’s website.
"The SBU blocked the destructive activity of the Belarusian citizen Pavel Karnazytsky who disseminated anti-Ukrainian propaganda in the territory of our country. Operatives found out that the foreign national, who lived in Ukraine illegally, publicly disseminated fake information. During speeches on certain channels he questioned the evidence recognized by the international community about the presence of troops of the aggressor-country in the temporarily annexed territories of our country,” the statement reads.
Karnazytsky repeatedly published anti-Ukrainian materials on media resources controlled by the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR). The Head of the SBU, Vasyl Hrytsak noted that after Ukraine imposed restrictions on entry for Russian citizens, Russian Special Services started involving foreigners in provocations even more than before.
"The activity of such propagandists sponsored by Russia not only poses a threat to the national interests of Ukraine, but it also contradicts the legislation of Ukraine but also runs counter to the laws of their native countries,” Hrytsak noted.
One of the more recent pieces of propaganda came in December when the Russian First Channel aired a story about a "disappointed Ukrainian" who turned out to be a student from Minsk.