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Ukraine shuts down leading independent news site Strana as part of new crackdown on journalists, judges & opposition politicians

One of Ukraine’s most prominent news outlets has been taken offline after the country’s National Security and Defense Council marked it out as a threat, thus adding the title to the growing list of banned opposition media groups.

Strana.ua, one of the country’s best-known mainstream news sites, was unavailable on Friday after officials included both its parent company and its editor, Igor Guzhva, in a new tranche of restrictions. Network service providers began blocking access to its domains. However, in a statement posted online, its journalists said that they would continue to work, having relocated their content to a new web address, and slammed the decision to hit “the largest opposition publication in Ukraine with sanctions.”

The Russian-language outlet has been strongly critical of the increasingly authoritarian nature of pro-Western President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration in Kiev.

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