KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has condemned the leak of the names and contact information for thousands of journalists who have reported from rebel-controlled eastern Ukraine.
The May publication by hackers from a group called Myrotvorets has raised concerns about the safety of the journalists, many of them from international media organizations.
Some Ukrainian officials, including the interior minister, have welcomed the publication and have accused the journalists of accessory to terrorism.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko drinks a water as he listens to a journalist's question during his news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Poroshenko on Friday told reporters that the publication was a "big mistake" and called for a probe into the leak. Poroshenko, however, called on journalists not to write "negative articles" about Ukraine and said some Russian reporters from the lists made "criminal things."
Ambassadors to Ukraine from the Group of Seven countries on Thursday expressed concern about the publication.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko gestures while speaking to the media during his news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, June 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)