Kyiv: Chairman of Ukraine’s Anti-Corruption Centre Vitalii Shabunin slapped a journalist in the face on Thursday after being asked why he did not fight Moscow-backed separatists in the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) in the East.
“Why aren’t you fighting in the ATO?” Vsevolod Filimonenko asked Shabunin and was slapped in the face, which landed him in hospital.
Filimonenko wrote on his Facebook page that he was hospitalized with jaw damage and brain concussion.
Facebook users called for criminal proceeding to be opened against Shabunin for hampering journalistic activity with possible sentences ranging from a fine to six months to three years in jail. However, Shabunin said has slapped Filimonenko journalist for insulting a colleague of Shabunin’s.
The Anti-Corruption Centre was founded in 20012.