Yesterday we had the taping of the radio show my team and I worked on for Global Journalist. Our subject was Ukraine. Broad, huh? In a way, that was good. Because when we pre-interviewed people for the show, we asked them what our focus should be.
Of the people we spoke to, and between the four of us we spoke to nine people, the following are the perceptions we came out with regarding the Russian-Ukrainian conflict: And they will go to any lengths to prevent Ukraine joining the EU or NATO.
1. Yes, this is about Ukraine wanting to join the EU, but it’s also about many Russians believing Ukraine as part of the Russian Federation.
2. There is a widespread belief that Western media is misreporting the conflict.
3. One of the many reasons the war has gone on as long as it has is because Russia wants to weaken Ukraine economically.
4. Journalists are not targeted in the conflict area the way they are in Syria or Iraq.
5. Most Ukrainians do not want to be a part of Russia.
The guests on our program were Riley Waggaman, the deputy editor of Russia Insider, an American who believes in Russia; a Russian photojournalist, Evgeny Feldman, who works for Novaya Gazeta, an independent paper in Russia, and Mashable; and Jonathan Alpeyrie, an American photojournalist who has worked for both the Russian and Ukrainian sides of the conflict.
Listen to the radio program here or check out the video below. It will give you a different way of looking at what is going on. Personally, I feel the segment about Russian propaganda could have been expanded on, but we had to move on because of time constraints. Shame.