Russian TV RT (former Russia Today) suspended the anchorman Anton Krasovsky after some shocking statements that incited violence against the Ukrainian population. At the same time, the television’s Twitter account was blacked out after a legal reminder.
Yesterday the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Dmytro Kulebahad urged governments to ban the broadcaster accompanying the request with an excerpt from a broadcast inciting violence against Ukrainians. In particular, Krasovsky, as can also be seen in the video published by Russian Monitor, suggested “drowning Ukrainian children”, referring in particular to those who claim that Moscow has “occupied” the territories of Kiev. But not only, the anchorman he also suggested to burn the houses (“Huts”) Ukrainian and, more generally, stressed that Ukraine “it shouldn’t exist at all“. Speaking to his host about disinformation-related “hysteria”, Krasovsky also commented on the rape allegations made against Russian soldiers, saying that “Ukrainian grannies would spend their burial savings to be raped by Russian soldiers.”
The announcement of the suspension was made by the chief editor of the Russian broadcaster, Margarita Simonyan who underlined: “For now I am interrupting our collaboration… – he wrote – Anton Krasovsky’s statement is wild and disgusting. Perhaps Anton will explain what temporary madness he caused ”these words.
RT’s account has been suspended in Italy, Portugal, Finland, Sweden, Ireland, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Poland, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta, Germany, Greece, Romania, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Austria, Luxembourg, Lithuania, United Kingdom , Denmark, Croatia, Latvia, Estonia, Cyprus, France, Spain, Belgium.