War in Ukraine sparks anti-Russian cultural backlash
06 March 2022 | 2:19 pm
FRANCE 24's Olivia Salazar-Winspear takes a closer look at the cultural consequences of the war in Ukraine, as dissident Russian artists speak out at home and abroad. Boycotts in the film industry are also hitting home, with Disney, Sony and Warner Brothers movies on pause in Russia and film festivals targeting Russian productions.
Belarusian opposition leader in exile Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has expressed solidarity with Ukraine, telling DW that most people in her home country "don't support this war."
British website The Telegraph is reporting that Russia is using mobile crematoriums in Ukraine in bid to hide its losses. But the accompanying video footage of a crematorium actually dates from 2013. It was posted by a Russian incinerator construction company and is not footage from the ground. The use of mobile crematoriums by Russians during the current war in Ukraine is yet to be verified. We tell you more in this edition.
The fear that Russia's invasion of Ukraine could escalate to a nuclear war is real. But what happens if any of the country's 15 nuclear power reactors get caught in the crossfire?
On his first tour of Israel as German chancellor, Olaf Scholz spoke alongside Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The trip comes as Europe's largest ground war in generations rages between Russia and Ukraine.
Exiled Russian Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky said in an interview with FRANCE 24 from London that the Russian invasion of Ukraine is political "suicide" for Russian President Vladimir Putin, who "cannot win in Ukraine, even if he manages to take Kyiv or Kharkiv". This war is the result of an "emotional decision" by Putin, the former oligarch said.
EU interior ministers are expected to agree on a temporary protection mechanism for people fleeing Russia's war in Ukraine. The number of people fleeing into neighboring countries could run into the millions.
The front pages continue their focus on Vladimir Putin's bloody offensive in Ukraine. We also look at how Poland is enjoying positive publicity for a change and hoping to redeem itself in the eyes of the EU after years of strained ties. Finally, we see how supermarkets are calling for an iconic British dish – chicken Kiev – to be renamed chicken Kyiv in honour of its Ukrainian spelling.
The humanitarian situation in the Ukrainian capital is stable but there is growing fear with regard to heavy shelling in other cities. Last night, Kyiv came under Russian attack again. DW's Alexander Savitsky reports.
Ukraine has accused Russia of using a vacuum bomb during its invasion. The use of these weapons, whose destructive power is immense, is prohibited in populated areas.
Sheltering in their homes in Kyiv and Baryshivka, Ganna from the Dakh Daughters cabaret troupe and rapper Alyona Alyona speak to us about the cultural sector's role amid the war in Ukraine. The Dakh Daughters' participation in an upcoming theatre production in France is now hanging in the balance; Ganna tells us why the all-female punk cabaret has always dealt with politics and current events in their performances. And as one of the only rappers to write and perform in her mother tongue, Alyona Alyona explains how her Ukrainian cultural identity has become an important facet of her music.
On his first tour of Israel as German chancellor, Olaf Scholz spoke alongside Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. The war in Ukraine has overshadowed the visit, which was planned before Russia's invasion.
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