President Petro Poroshenko has taken part in the opening of a new 134-m radio and TV tower located near the village of Bakhmutivka, Novoaydar District of Luhansk Region.
"Residents of temporarily occupied Luhansk will finally be able to watch Ukrainian TV and listen to our radio. But we will not stop at this – shortly, we will continue our efforts to guarantee every Ukrainian the right to free information and the freedom of speech. This will facilitate the unity and establishment of peace!" the website of the Luhansk regional state administration quoted Poroshenko as saying.
The tower has two transmitters, 1 kW and 5 kW, and is now broadcasting 12 digital TV channels and four FM radio stations.
The equipment was bought at the expense of international technical aid with the assistance of the Information Policy Ministry of Ukraine. The metal framework was provided by the US government.
The tower signal reaches 60 km afar, which includes Luhansk, Alchevsk, Pervomaysk and other population centres controlled by the separatists.