Ukraine Accuses BBC of a Biased Interpretation of the Conflict in Donbass

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

14th May, 2016


RIA

Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada appealed to the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Minister of Culture of Great Britain with the requirement to abandon the expression “civil war” when describing the conflict in Donbass.

As was reported on the Facebook of MP Svitlana Zalishchuk, the Committee on Foreign Affairs reacted to the BBC film about the MH17 accident in the East of Ukraine.

According to her, the expression “civil war” used by the authors of the film is a “Russian stamp”, and instead it is required to use the terms “Russian aggression” and “occupation”.

The Verkhovna Rada considers the use of the term “civil war” to be “biased and deceptive”, says the document published by Svetlana Zalishchuk.

Deputies of the Ukrainian Parliament also demanded that the BBC offer an official explanation.

The BBC, on May 3rd, showed a documentary film titled “Secret documents: who shot down MH17?”. The film deals with various versions of the tragedy, including the positions of Russia, Ukraine, and the United States.

Kiev regularly accuses Moscow of being involved in the conflict in the South-East of Ukraine, although Moscow has repeatedly stated that it is completely uninvolved in the events in Donbass, it is not a party to the domestic conflict, and is interested in Ukraine overcoming the political and economic crisis.

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