Outcry as Ukrainian bankers ‘ASSAULT’ American state-run media reporters, allegedly seizing cameras & deleting interview footage | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED X-Frame-Options: SAMEORIGIN

Outcry as Ukrainian bankers ‘ASSAULT’ American state-run media reporters, allegedly seizing cameras & deleting interview footage

Reporters working for America's state run RFERL have accused managers at Ukraine's state bank of violently lashing out at them after an interview with a top executive turned sour, and security demanded they erase their tapes.

On Tuesday, the American government-controlled Ukrainian-language service published a video of the dramatic encounter with employees of Ukreximbank, which is wholly owned by the country’s government and acts as Kiev’s financial agent in securing loans from the West.

“The editorial board appealed to technical specialists who were able to recover the video deleted by Ukreximbank staff during the attack on the film crew filming a program featuring the head of the state bank, Yevgeny Metzger,” RFERL said in a statement. “The video was recovered on both cards from both cameras to which the interview was recorded.”

According to the outlet, the top banker took umbrage at the direction of the conversation. “Metzger’s instructions were recorded, asking for the journalists’ equipment to be confiscated, saying ‘take away the cassettes’ and ‘clean all this sh*t.’”

“It is also clear from the video that the journalists were locked inside and not allowed to leave. The moment of the attack is also recorded when a bank employee twisted and overpowered [RFERL reporter] Alexander Mazur and forcibly snatched a card in his hand from a second camera.”

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