Fourteen Russian television channels have been banned from broadcasting in Ukraine amid accusations they are being used to spread propoganda.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Ukrainian interior ministry aide Anton Gerashenko said the channels - which include Russia Today and Life News - had been temporarily banned for "broadcasting propaganda of war and violence".

Kyiv has already banned some broadcasts of Russian television channels as the conflict in eastern Ukraine between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian government forces has grown worse.

Media freedom organizations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have called on Ukrainian authorities to exercise extreme caution when considering banning or censoring media and Internet outlets.