As the situation in Ukraine continues to develop, both the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty continue to provide in-depth coverage on the fast-moving developments within the country.
VOA Russian launched a new co-produced show, Cold War?, with the Russian Business Channel to provide the U.S. perspective for Russian TV viewers. The events in Ukraine were among the topics covered in the first episode. This show adds to VOA’s current TV offerings focusing on the Ukraine-Russia conflict, including VOA Ukrainian’s two daily evening TV prime-time programs in Ukraine: Ukrainian-language Chas-Time and Russian-language Studio Washington.
VOA’s recent news coverage has included a large range of items on the U.S. and international response regarding the recent developments in Ukraine. Stories covered include President Obama’s briefing in response to the Russian incursion into Ukraine; State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki’s briefing on Russia’s escalation of its aggression in Ukraine and new sanctions against Russia; Ambassador Samantha Power’s recent remarks at an emergency UN Security Council meeting; NATO’s release of satellite imagery showing Russian military convoys entering Ukrainian territory; an article on Senator Menendez travelling to Estonia, Poland and Ukraine this coming weekend; and blog updates on latest developments.
RFE/RL coverage on the region has provided insight into the situation on the ground and local reactions. RFE/RL Ukrainian Service published 85 news article and features, 26 videos, and 5 photo galleries on August 28 – with additional Ukraine coverage from the English and Russian-language services.
News coverage has included frequent live blog updates (also in Ukrainian and Russian) on the escalating situation in Ukraine. RFE/RL created an interactive map on the military activity; provided coverage of Putin’s reference to the captured territories as “New Russia” and call for a “humanitarian corridor,” and translated a statement by Donetsk separatist leader Aleksandr Zakharchenko on allowing surrounded Ukrainian troops to leave the field of battle. RFE/RL also interviewed a journalist in Mariupol about the atmosphere in the embattled region now threatened by Russian troops.
RFE/RL has also done extensive news coverage of dead soldiers from Ukraine appearing around Russia, as well as a conversation with the soldiers’ mothers and a piece – also published by The Guardian — on Russians asking about their missing sons, and if they are at war with Ukraine.