Not a word on illegal annexation in Euronews report on Crimea

13:20, 24 January 2018
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The Euronews TV channel has filmed a story about Crimea, not mentioning the illegal annexation of the peninsula. The report tells of local schoolchildren being trained by Russian military to defuse landmines.

Snapshot from Euronews video

The English-language material was released on the channel's website January 23. The video shows how children are taught planting and defusing land mines. They are told about improvised explosive devices, suicide vests, and disguised bombs. Lieutenant Colonel Evgeny Muslenko, Deputy Commander of the Regiment, says that schoolchildren are encouraged to later join the engineer regiments on contract.

The story closes with a resident of Yevpatoria, Nadezhda Sysoyeva, stressing the need for such classes, because "kids must know how to defend themselves. We should raise children to become patriots," she said.

Read alsoUkrainian prosecutors say Crimean residents may use Skype to report human rights violationsSpokesperson for MFA Ukraine Marianna Betsa has urged Euronews to fix the report. "Reporting should be based on facts. Crimea is illegally occupied by Ru. Urge @euronews correct article accord to law," she tweeted.

Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius was also outraged by the Euronews report, calling it "brainwashing."

"Being brainwashed to the max by the euronews!? Not a single word about the illegal annexation of Crimea, instead – the basics of chauvinism. Pathetic," he wrote on Twitter.

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