Sevgil Musayeva: Ukrayinska Pravda wrote about Denisova to get ahead of foreign media

Sevgil Musayeva: Ukrayinska Pravda wrote about Denisova in order to get ahead of foreign media

Chief editor of Ukrayinska Pravda Sevgil Musayeva responded to the claims of the media community on about the article about the former Ombudsman Lyudmila Denisova. The material says that Denisova came up with some of the sexual crimes of Russians in Ukraine, which she openly declared. At the same time, in the article itself, the author Sonya Lukashova refers only to anonymous sources of information.

According to Musayeva, she developed distrust of Lyudmila Denisova's reports long before the war, so the editors decided to independently verify the veracity of the Ombudsman's accusations about the rape of Ukrainian women by Russian soldiers and did not find confirmation of them.

– I carefully read all the reproaches against Sonya Lukashova's text.

First. The article is based on anonymous sources.

Yes, I would very much like that these were not anonymous interlocutors, but this was their condition and request. They agreed to talk about this out of disagreement with such actions, shock and to protect the investigation of the crimes that are now being committed.

Sorry, but also with links to anonymous sources, we read information about the invasion of Ukraine in Western media and were horrified and refused to believe. And I don't even want to remember what people wrote in the comments back then.

Our anonymous data is easy to deny if it's false. Example: we wrote that the number of calls per line exceeded 10 times. On Tuesday, June 28, when Denisova was asked to comment on this, she did not object and did not voice another figure. She was indignant that “the prosecutor's office is giving away the secret of the investigation.”

Second. The article allegedly denies the crimes of the Russians. No, no, and no.

It actually starts with the story of a woman who was raped and the total number of cases currently under investigation. With a comment from a person I trust in this topic – Larisa Denisenko.

Third. We gave a reason for the Russians. Sorry, firstly, I am very surprised by the screenshots from Solovyov's telegram and so on. Why are you reading this? Secondly, the Russians pathologically lie that there was nothing from the very first day. What has changed?

The main complaint is whether this is relevant. I'll try to argue. This topic should appear in foreign media very soon. I don’t know with what tone, but our colleagues have more and more questions about how war crimes, in particular those of a sexual nature, are documented. Russian propagandists also continued to pick up the topic, turning to UNICEF, to which Denisova actually transferred responsibility for her psychologists. We, Ukrainian journalists, will do it better,” Musayeva wrote.

At the same time, the editor-in-chief of the publication admitted that the title of the article was “From facebook to interrogations. As Ombudsman Denisova composed the crimes of the Russians and lost her position” was incorrect, as it allowed for the possibility of manipulation. The editors replaced it with the more neutral “From Facebook to interrogations. Why did the Ombudsman lose her position?”

On May 31, the Verkhovna Rada supported the dismissal of Lyudmila Denisova from the post of Commissioner for Human Rights. The appointment of a new ombudsman was not considered by the Council.

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