Topic: Turbulence in Ukraine
One of Ukraine’s largest television providers has announced it will suspend broadcasts of several major Russian channels© Fotolia/ Karelin Dmitriy
MOSCOW, March 11 (RIA Novosti) – One of Ukraine’s largest television providers has announced it will suspend broadcasts of several major Russian channels, the UNN Ukrainian news agency said Wednesday.
The TV provider Volya, with about 20 percent of the market, said it was notifying subscribers across the country about the service changes, UNN reported.
On Tuesday, the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine ordered providers to cease broadcasts of five Russian-language TV channels, citing measures to ensure national security and preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
Troops lacking official insignia but widely understood to be under Russian command have seized key military bases and infrastructure in Ukraine’s Russian-speaking Autonomous Republic of Crimea in recent weeks.
Crimea on Sunday is to hold a popular vote on secession and annexation by Russia.
Russian TV, which is almost exclusively state-controlled, tends to reflect Moscow’s official position and has come under fire for portraying a biased view of events in Ukraine.
Russian officials have slammed the move as part of a broad politically motivated crackdown on media targeting Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population, and they have appealed to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to assess violations of press freedoms in Ukraine.
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- VECTRONReaction to Crimean crisis.14:34, 12/03/2014What else could Russia expect? Intimidation is not acceptable today, it belongs to the past. Let's keep it there.
- Mikhail1228Neo Nazis in Kiev17:59, 12/03/2014President Putin drew attention to the nature of the politicians now taking up positions within the so-called Ukrainian government and the militants on the ground in Kiev.
“Many of the politicians in Kiev and many of the militants roaming around in central Kiev hold disturbing and vile views: they are anti-Semitic, anti-Russian and they praise those Ukrainians from the western-most regions of the country who collaborated with the Nazis during the occupation of the Soviet Union during the Second World War, such as Stepan Bandera and members of the Waffen-SS Galicia Division,” Dr. Papandopoulos says.
“Politicians of that nature can be found, for example, in the Svoboda Party. Indeed, the leader of that party, Oleg Tyahnybok, once said that Ukrainians should rally to fight against a “Muscovite-Jewish mafia” - a statement that has all the hallmarks, and is reminiscent, of Nazi-era propaganda,” the author says.
“Given that at least half of the population of Ukraine is ethnic Russian or Russian-speaking, it is not difficult to understand why millions of people in the country are now living in fear of the extremist and illegitimate authorities in Kiev.”
- VECTRON(no title)19:04, 12/03/2014I would accept that there are factions in the Ukraine which fit your description. However, every country has such extremists. Do you truly believe that annexing Crimea will improve matters? Until Putin put men on the ground, who COINCIDENTALLY, will not allow in U.N. observers into the Crimea, there was no inkling in the West that any great dissatisfaction was apparent. The unrest in Kiev was the only indication that stress lines existed. The Jailing of the previous lady incumbent (sorry her name escapes me), appeared very contrived and this raised suspicions of a political agenda contrary to the best interests if the Ukrainians in general.