The United States and European authorities have denounced an arson attack on a pro-Russian Ukrainian television station, calling such violence 'unacceptable'
'Any physical attack on the media is unacceptable,' the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv tweeted on September 5 after five people were hurt in a fire at the Inter TV headquarters on September 4, RFE/RL reports.
'We support efforts to investigate the torching of Inter, and are carefully watching its consequences,' the U.S. consul said.
Ukrainian authorities said they arrested six people in connection with the fire, which apparently was set off by a smoke bomb thrown into the building.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's media-freedom representative also strongly condemned the attack.
'Violence is never an acceptable response to disagreements with editorial policy, even if the reporting is seen as provocative and controversial,' Dunja Mijatovic said.
Mijatovic said she was 'encouraged' by the swift law enforcement response and the condemnation of the attack by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Ukraine's journalism union.
But she noted that other Kyiv officials and groups have accused the broadcaster of disloyalty to Ukraine and are seeking to suppress its reporters.
As reported earlier by 1492news.com, Eight people were detained in an Inter TV Channel arson case.