The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea under the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office opened criminal proceedings with regard to illegal entry of Japanese journalists into the territory of the annexed Crimea, press-service of the Office reports.
“The media monitoring revealed that, despite the ban, the journalists of the NHK Japanese Broadcasting Corporation arrived in the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea. On January 12, 2016, they visited Massandra National Industrial and Agricultural Association in the city of Yalta, where they took part in the filming of ‘Russia today’ documentary,” says the statement.
According to the Prosecutor's Office, a special legal regime for border crossing of the temporarily occupied territory of Crimea being an integral part of Ukraine was set up under the law ‘On ensuring the rights and freedoms of citizens and legal regime in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine.’
“Thus, the journalists of the NHK Japanese Broadcasting Corporation illegally entered the territory of the occupied peninsula,” the Office reports.
The pre-trial investigation within criminal proceedings on the grounds of criminal offense under Part 2, Art. 332-1of the Criminal Code of Ukraine was launched on January 13.