Focus Crackdown in Ukraine sullies its democratic aspirations

Amid tensions with Russia, Kiev is not tolerating any 'pro-separatist' points of view in the press – which plays straight into the hands of Kremlin propaganda.

By , Correspondent

The rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which have been granted “special status” by Ukraine’s parliament, are essentially governed by a self-appointed military junta. It remains to be seen whether local elections slated for November will improve on that picture.