More than 90 days: foreign journalists can now stay in Ukraine longer

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90-day restrictions on stays in Ukraine for foreign journalists covering Russia’s war against Ukraine have been lifted. Now, media outlets accredited by the Armed Forces will have the right to remain in Ukraine during martial law + another 30 days.

This is underpinned by the Cabinet resolution prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy at the request of foreign media and in cooperation with the Center of Strategic Communication, Ministry of Reintegration, the State Migration Service, and other public agencies.

“Here is an example of a problem that has already been resolved. We have recently received feedback that many journalists who arrived in the early days of the war will have to leave Ukraine because they cannot stay in Ukraine for more than 90 days. Our Ministry promptly prepared the Resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers, coordinated it with other state bodies and the already adopted resolution was published on the website of the Cabinet of Ministers. Now, the 90-day restriction for foreign journalists accredited by the Armed Forces has been replaced by the right to be in Ukraine during the martial law + 30 days,” said Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Taras Shevchenko after a meeting with foreign journalists.,” said Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Taras Shevchenko.

The off-record dialogue was about the problems encountered by journalists and representatives of foreign media in Ukraine during their work in the situation of martial law.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Taras Shevchenko, Head of the Centre for Strategic Communication Ihor Solovey, Head of the Public Relations Department of the Armed Forces Bohdan Senyk, Ukrinform Director General Oleksandr Kharchenko, Ukraine-Ukrinform Media Center Representative Alina Frolova and moderator Andrii Shevchenko.

Ihor Solovey assured that the state authorities are constantly monitoring the situation and are aware of the difficulties faced by foreign media. They will also make every effort to create comfortable conditions for the work of foreign media in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian side will promote the work of existing missions and encourage foreign media to open their offices in Ukraine.

“Our priority will continue to be to promote the work of journalists and foreign media outlets. We are absolutely interested in global media having their regional offices in Kyiv as opposed to Moscow,” said Deputy Minister Taras Shevchenko.

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