West weighs stiffer sanctions as Russia denies war crimes in Ukraine
06 April 2022 | 7:30 am
Is it a turning point? There's outrage over the carnage and desolation left behind by retreating Russian forces north of Ukraine's capital. We discuss war crimes accusations in the Kyiv suburb of Bucha and ask – now that the war's set to last – whether the Kremlin's ultimate objective is to occupy Ukraine or reduce it to rubble.
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CNN anchor Don Lemon was reporting from the scene of a Russian missile strike that set fire to a fuel storage facility in the western Ukrainian city of Lviv. In the CNN broadcast, some noticed a fireman wearing an "Edmonton" jacket, claiming that CNN staged this coverage from a fire in Edmonton, Canada. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
Does 22 years in power change a man? Or was this Vladimir Putin's grand design all along? In justifying his invasion of Ukraine, the master of the Kremlin talked of "denazification" and how Russians and Ukrainians are the same people. Now, with the ground offensive failing to net a quick win, Moscow is reportedly dialling back the "denazification" part. We ask if it's true.
Leonid Volkov, a top aide to jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, spoke to FRANCE 24 from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius on Tuesday. He expressed concern about the safety of his boss, who was recently sentenced to nine more years in prison, saying that the world “should keep an eye on him”.
As the global rights watchdog Amnesty International unveils its annual report, the group's Secretary General Agnès Callamard joined us for Perspective. In the report, she accused Russia of turning humanitarian corridors in Ukraine into "death traps" – a tactic she says was used in Syria and Chechnya. Callamard also hit out at the UN Security Council for failing to "act adequately in the face of atrocities".
Can Russia still win the information war? Public opinion in the West was quick to swing solidly against Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine, with even the fringes of the far right and far left here muting their admiration of Moscow's strongman, but that doesn't mean Moscow's spin machine has gone quiet.
In an interview with FRANCE 24 and RFI on Wednesday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said talks between Russian and Ukrainian envoys had led to various declarations but "no action", adding that it was time Russia made some moves toward conciliation. He also warned of an "appalling" situation unfolding in the port city of Mariupol in southern Ukraine.
A video with more than 1 million views on TikTok shows a woman allegedly interrupting the live broadcast of a Ukrainian news channel to denounce President Zelensky. The video, reminiscent of Marina Ovsyannikova's protest on Russian state TV, was digitally edited. It comes from a pro-Russian TikTok account that creates satirical content. We tell you more in this edition of Truth or Fake.
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