On the 24 August, and international TV station "Ukraine Today" was launched, and was introduced by a rather curious promotional video. In this post I shall have a look at some of its contents...
First off, let me tell you what my opinion about the Ukraine Today channel is. I think it is a pointless waste of money in a country that is on the verge of bankruptcy. There is no need in fact for an international TV news channel offering global audiences a coverage of Ukrainian news from a Ukrainian perspective. All major English (not to mention other Western) language venues have a pro-Ukraine bias, and provide a coverage from the Ukrainian perspective. The standard practice in Western media is to simply reiterate what has previously been reported by Ukrainian media. All this makes the existence of Ukraine Today rather redundant, the "World" hears Ukraine's voice on a fairly regular basis.
In the video we are told Ukraine is fighting a war of independence against imperial forces. That is what they now call the punitive operation which aims to subjugate restive regions in the East of the county. And these rebels, elevated now to the dignified position of "imperial forces" threaten the whole of the civilised world apparently (I have already posted about this notion of Ukraine being the last line of defence against Eastern hordes). And this struggle (for independence apparently) will set the tone of international relations for decades to come. Such views are not crazy enough for the mainstream in the West, read Ben Judah's recent rant on the pages of the New York Times for instance. Which once again makes the existence of Ukraine Today rather redundant, and wasteful.
Watch the video, it is quite something: