Said so at a meeting at Harvard University. Apparently it's a good way to combat Russian propaganda and keep Ukraine in focus of American media
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Fairly well-known Ukrainian journalist and political analyst Yuri Romanenko, head of the “Stratagem” Center for Political Analysis, suggested to the Armed Forces of Ukraine to enhance the country’s defenses by killing Russian journalists, Russian LifeNews TV reported. The Ukrainian expert proposed that UAF snipers be ordered to suppress coverage of the situation in the Donbass by people in helmets marked PRESS.
Romanenko posted on his Facebook page an account of how he and his teammates traveled to the United States and met with American experts and human rights activists. Americans probably did not object to the discussion on the topic of “Russian aggression”, but, as Romanenko writes, were shocked by his radical proposal to combat Russian media by creative sniping, something allegedly implemented in Kiev a year ago.
“I know how to solve the problem of waning attention and bring the media to the next level. UAF must selectively and carefully destroy Russian journalists covering the situation in Donbass. You need to direct the UAF snipers to shoot people wearing helmets inscribed with “Press” as priority targets. Since the media represent a destructive weapon and allow Russia to operate not only in the war zone, but also on the territory of Ukraine, taking out several dozen journalists in the conflict zone will help reduce the quality of the picture in the Russian media, and, therefore, reduce the effectiveness of their propaganda,” Yuri Romanenko wrote.
“All the same, this is PR, and all we need is to not fall out of the focus of your media in the context of your presidential election campaign,” he quotes his words at a meeting at Harvard.
His U.S. interlocutors said that murder of journalists violates international law and the world community will not allow the Ukrainian radicals to commit such crimes. At this point, according to Yuri Romanenko, the Ukrainian delegation “grinned happily”, and “one man from the Diaspora” said in his ear: “Don’t listen to this, you are completely right; this is exactly how we should be saving the Ukraine.”