Ukraine has protested against the BBC’s inclusion of Moscow-annexed Crimean cities on a list of Russian cities where demonstrators rallied to support jailed Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny.
The British broadcaster’s Russian service published the map on January 23 as tens of thousands of people rallied across Russia, saying the demonstrations were held in 122 “Russian cities” including two major Crimean cities, Simferopol and Sevastopol.
The BBC marked the map with an explanation saying that “Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.” Despite the explanation, Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleh Nikolenko called on the BBC’s Russian service not to “promote Russian narratives.”
Moscow illegally annexed Crimea in early 2014 and weeks later threw its support behind pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s east, where some 13,200 people have been killed in an ongoing conflict. Others also criticized the BBC for adding the two Crimean cities to the list of “Russian cities.”
Source – Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty