War in Ukraine: ‘Some independent information is still reaching Russian citizens’
26 March 2022 | 5:46 pm
Kyiv is calling on the West to widen sanctions on Russian television personalities, accusing them of espousing propaganda. Within Russian borders, the Kremlin is maintaining tight control over the airwaves, with media outlets pushing the narrative that the war in Ukraine is not only legitimate, but also a military success.
Back in June 2021, Switzerland sentenced Liberian warlord Alieu Kosiah to 20 years in prison for war crimes. Speaking to FRANCE 24, Alain Werner, a Swiss lawyer and the director of the NGO Civitas Maxima, hailed a "historic" verdict for both Liberia and Switzerland. He also shared his thoughts on international justice more broadly, almost two decades after the start of the International Criminal Court.
The war in Ukraine continues to rage while Ukrainian and Russian negotiators talk. Experts say that for now neither side is ready for a breakthrough and fear that the war will last a very long time.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida pushed for India to take a tougher line or Russia while meeting Narendra Modi in New Delhi. India has not directly condemned Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
Igor Zhovkva is the deputy head of the office of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and also his chief diplomatic adviser. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Zhovkva underlined Zelensky's willingness to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a bid to end the war in Ukraine, but stressed that Russia had until now rejected such an offer. Zhovkva also said that Ukraine wants "guarantees" from the United States and major European powers regarding its future security.
Paris-based Ukrainian DJ and producer Kate Zubok had to cancel a tour of her homeland and put her musical projects on hold following Russia's invasion of Ukraine. She tells us how the conflict has affected her personally and professionally and how she is trying to remain positive. Up-and-coming Parisian electro popster Lewis OfMan also stopped by the FRANCE 24 studios to tell us about his upbeat, sundrenched debut album "Sonic Poems", which he's currently touring across Europe.
The Ukrainian president said direct cease-fire talks with Russian President Putin are urgently needed. Zelenskyy added that any agreements with Russia would be subject to a public referendum. Follow DW for the latest.
Facebook and Instagram's parent company, Meta, has been designated as an "extremist" organization by a Russian court. But Meta's WhatsApp is excluded from the ban.
Nearly a month in, Ukraine is resisting as invading Russian forces increasingly resort to shelling civilians. With an estimated 300,000 trapped in the besieged port city of Mariupol and amid shelling in major cities including the capital, Kyiv is refusing to surrender and the Russian advance is slow going. Are we now digging in for a long war? And what does a long war mean for the invaders and the besieged?
The French bank BNP Paribas has told its customers it will no longer process transactions in Russia after the end of March, as it halts all new projects in the country. BNP's Russian business is relatively small - with €1.3 billion of exposure to the market - but the move is symbolic as other lenders consider their position in the country. Also today, we hear from the Ukrainian farmers who are continuing to work the land amid fears for food production due to the war.
Alexei Navalny and his supporters have decried the charges as politically motivated. He faces a 13-year prison sentence.
On 24 February 2022, Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine. DW correspondents have been reporting on the war in Europe from the start - from Kyiv, Lviv, Odesa, the Polish-Ukrainian border and many other locations.
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