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Russia Today and European Video Coverage of the Ukraine Crisis for March 20, 2014


Worldmeets.US has been putting these together most days since the Ukraine crisis broke:

VIDEOS: European Video Coverage of Ukraine Crisis for Mar. 20 from Russia Today, Deutsche Welle, Euronews, France 24, and the BBC.

First, a roundup of segments from Russia Today on the Ukraine crisis for March 20:

First up, this is the latest episode of the program World’s Apart with host Oksana Boyko. Former Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser weighs in on the mistakes the United States made after the collapse of the Berlin Wall, which in his view, resulted in the situation we have today. According to Fraser, NATO had done its job and should have been disbanded, Washington broke its promise to Mikhail Gorbachev not to move NATO east to the Russian border, and the West failed to foster a more united world when it had the opportunity:

VIDEO: U.S. Thinks it’s Superior; Rules Only Apply to ‘Inferior Nations’ (Russia Today)

Next up, a segment on Russia’s place in the world and within the European economy; and how Russia is moving closer to China, which is equally suspicious of America’s imperial designs:

VIDEO: Leaning East: Russia moves toward China as West pushes sanctions (Russia Today)

Then the network shines a spotlight on the case of Elizabeth Wahl, the anchor that resigned from Russia Today on the air a few weeks ago. According to this report, her resignation appears to have been a carefully laid plan of American neocons to give alternative media a black eye:

VIDEO: Neocon Con? U.S. Right Stages Media Attack on Alternative News (Russia Today)

SEE ALSO: American Russia Today Staff ‘Mutiny’ (RT, MSNBC, CNN, Buzz Feed)

Next, European Video Coverage of Ukraine for March 20 from Deutsche Welle, Euronews, France 24, and the BBC

Let’s start with German state broadcaster Deutche Welle. First up is DW’s flagship debate program Agenda. The program’s host Brent Goff welcomes guests Josef Janning of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Claudia Kemfert of the German Institute for Economic Research, and Sarah Reinke of the Society for Threatened Peoples.

VIDEO: Crimea Annexation – Are There Any Winners? (Deutsche Welle, Germany)

Then Former Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt tells DW that sanctions on Russia so far are a not painful enough – and that further sanctions must target Putin’s inner circle.

VIDEO: ‘E.U. Should Target Putin’s Inner Circle’ (Deutsche Welle, Germany)

Then, a segment on European dependency on Russian natural gas:

VIDEO: The Ukrainian Predicament – Dependency on Russian Gas (Deutsche Welle, Germany)

Next, let’s take a look at Paris-based Euronews.

First up, we have a segment that looks at President Obama’s upcoming trip to Europe, where he will have to deal with not only the Ukraine crisis, but also continuing frustration over NSA mass surveillance:

Obama to Travel to Europe During Testing Times for E.U./U.S. Relations (Euronews, France)

Then, a segment on President Obama’s announcement today of additional sanctions – although I hear no mention of what they actually are:

VIDEO: U.S. Expands its Sanctions on Russians (Euronews, France)

Then a segment on today’s voting in the Russian Duma, which approved Russian annexation of Crimea:

VIDEO: Duma Votes to Annex Crimea (Euronews, France)

Then, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s announcemnt of the dissolution of the G8:

Merkel: ‘G8 No Longer Exists’ as E.U. Plans Further Sanctions on Russia (Euronews, France)

Then a segment on the action at the United Nations, where Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin stanchly defended Russia’s actions in Crimea:

VIDEO: Russia Defends Crimea Referendum as NATO Cries Foul (Euronews, France)

Then from the Baltic states, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius explains Lithuanian history and asserts that the E.U. will never recognize Russia’s claim to Crimea:

VIDEO: ‘E.U. will never recognise Russia’s claim to Crimea’ (Euronews, France)

Then a segment on support for Oleksandr Panteleymonov, acting head of Ukraine’s national television company, who was attacked by a right-wing lawmaker and forced to resign after he order Vladimir Putin’s speech to be aired:

VIDEO: European Broadcasting Union Condemns Assault on Ukrainian TV Chief (Euronews, France)

Next up, a brief interview with former Ukraine President Leonid Kravchuk on his nation’s crisis:

VIDEO: Kravchuk Warns of Great Difficulty and Confusion Ahead (Euronews, France)

Then, a segment on the seizure of Ukranian warships in Sevastopol:

VIDEOS: Pro-Russian Groups Seize Ukranian Warships in Sevastopol (Euronews, France)

Now, onto France 24 and its flagship debate program – The Debate. This program looks at the sanctions that have so far been imposed, and where the sanctions will lead. Guests include Michael Bret, Head of Thematic Research and specialist of European economic energy, AXA, Wilfried Bolewski, Professor of International Law and Diplomacy at the American Graduate School in Paris, Boris Najman, Associate Professor of Economy at University Paris Est, r├ęteil, and Dmitry Linnik, London Bureau Chief for the Voice of Russia.

VIDEO: Sanctioning Russia: Where Will Putin’s Punishments Lead? (France 24)

Then an interview with acting Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk about the crisis his nation confronts:

VIDEO: Yatsenyuk Calls Russian Actions ‘Armed Robbery’ (France 24)

Then France 24 looks at coverage from news magazine’s from around the world, many of which deal with Ukraine:

VIDEO: Weekly News Magazine Review (France 24)

Now onto the BBC.

First, a segment on concerns expressed by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who seems heartbroken that his members can’t seem to get along:

VIDEO: Ukraine crisis: U.N. Chief Ban Ki-moon’s ‘Deeply concerned’ (BBC News, U.K.)

Then, Ukraine’s Deputy Defense Minister Leonid Polyakov puts on a bold face, insisting that Crimea will return to Ukraine, and that Ukraine’s armed forces are ‘ready to fight’:

VIDEO: ‘Crimea Will Return to Ukrainian Jurisdiction’ (BBC News, U.K.)

Finally, Bulgaria President Rosen Plevneliev says the E.U. must stand together against Russia:

VIDEO: President of Bulgaria: E.U. ‘Needs to Act’ Against Russia (BBC News, U.K.)

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