On October 30 famous Russian actor Mikhail Porechenkov visited the so-called rebels in Donetsk airport. Video featuring him was uploaded the same day on YouTube channel of Novorossiya [New Russia] TV. On this video the actor expressed support for pro-Russian fighters. Then the woman [probably journalist] offers hot to shoot saying that fighters here experience no shortages with ammunition. Porechenkov agrees and then starts firing.
The video caused great resentment in Ukrainian mass media and community.
One of Ukrainian TV channels has already refused to broadcast films that feature this actor. It was questioned why on the video Porechenkov wears body armor and helmet usually worn by press representatives. When asked this question Porechenkov said it was done for his personal safety.
The actor said that he was firing with blanks and all the video was staged.
On the contrary, one of DNR fighters [He called himself Andrey] said that bullets were real, the video was not staged. However, according to him, Porechenkov was firing as special target set for him.
Security Service of Ukraine has started a criminal case under article 258-3 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine – the creation of terrorist group or terrorist organization, leading of that group or organization or participation in its activity, as well as organization or another support of creation and activity of terrorist group or organization. This article presupposes imprisonment for up to 15 years.
Previously they said in Ministyr of Internal Affairs that Mikhaill Porechenkov had come to Donetsk as part of armed gang and personally took part in shelling of sub-units of Ukrainian Armed Forces with automatic weapons. These frames went around screens ‘fully revealing this citizen of committing a crime at Ukrainian territory’.
Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov said: ‘Today investigators will address the court and I am convinced that Porechenkov will be declared wanted with warrant of arrest. Interpol will inevitably be connected to investigation. The investigators believe that Interpol will actively support the search with such obvious evidences of the crime and court decision. Porechenkov won’t be able to move through the world beyond Russia without being arrested and transferred to ukraine’.