A senior aide to Ukraine's president says Kyiv plans to launch a worldwide Russian-language television channel in an attempt to counter Russian state-controlled media broadcasts to people living in separatist controlled parts of eastern Ukraine and in Russia.
Ukraine's new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy won a landslide election victory this year promising to end the conflict between Ukrainian government troops and Russian-backed separatist forces.
More than 13,000 people have been killed by the conflict in eastern Ukraine in the five years since Russia seized and illegally annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula and started giving military support to pro-Russia separatists.
"It must be admitted that Ukraine practically lost the information war for the minds of people in the occupied territories of Donbas and in occupied Crimea," Kyrylo Tymoshenko, Zelenskiy's deputy chief of staff, told the Interfax Ukraine news agency on July 29. "But there is still a chance to turn the situation around."
"We have developed the option to launch a Ukrainian Russian-language channel, with which we will be able to cover the Russian-speaking population throughout the world," he said.
The channel should be state-run but would source some content from private Ukrainian television channels, Tymoshenko said.
Ukraine To Launch Russian-Language TV To Counter Russian State Media
Putin Fears Navalny Funeral Could Trigger Mass Demonstrations, Khodorkovsky Says2
Made In Macedonia: Americans Lose Millions Buying Fake Donald Trump Debit Cards3
Why Were Lindsay Lohan And Dolph Lundgren Calling For Moldova's President To Step Down?4
The Coming Year May Not End The War In Ukraine. But It Could Decide The Outcome.5
How Two Years Of War In Ukraine Have Changed Central Asia6
Live Briefing: Russia Invades Ukraine7
Crosses For Chaos: How Russian Ultranationalists Used 'Missile Markers' To Sow Panic In Ukraine As Russia Invaded8
Head Of UN Atomic Watchdog Calls For 'Restraint' After Blasts Near Ukrainian Nuclear Plant9
Ukraine Destroys Russian Surveillance Plane, Commander Says; Five Killed In Drone Strikes10
U.S. Senators Promise To Pressure House Speaker To Bring Aid Bill Up For Vote During Visit To Ukraine