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Putin Cracks Down on U.S. Press Reporting Russian Involvement in Ukraine
BY MELINDA HARING 6/25/15 AT 2:21 PM
Russia's Foreign Ministry has banned U.S. investigative journalist Simon Ostrovsky from working in Russia. On June 4, it denied a press visa for Ostrovsky, an Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker and journalist best known for his coverage of the Ukraine crisis for Vice News.
The denial came only days after Ostrovsky contacted Russian soldier Bato Dambayev—who fought in Ukraine as part of the 37th Motorized Infantry Brigade—as part of the journalist's effort to prove that Russian soldiers have fought alongside Russian-backed separatists.
Shortly after the February 2015 signing of the Minsk cease-fire agreement,separatist forces scored an overwhelming victory by capturing Debaltseve, a city that links the railways between Luhansk and Donetsk. The reason was simple: These forces got help from enlisted Russian soldiers and their heavy machinery, including the 5th Tank Brigade from Ulan-Ude, Buryatia and the37th Motorized Infantry Brigade from Kyakhta, Buryatia….