Russia Update: Russian Journalists Caught Laughing at Battle of Debaltsevo Refuse to Apologize

February 18, 2015
Kirill Otter (Romanovsky) (L) and Roman Saponkov (R) in February 17, 2015 video message justifying their cynical behavior in Debaltsevo.

Welcome to our column, Russia Update, where we will be closely following day-to-day developments in Russia, including the Russian government’s foreign and domestic policies.

The previous issue is here, and see also our Russia This Week stories Ultranationalists Angry over ‘Capitulation’ of Minsk Agreement, ‘Anti-Maidan’ Launched by Nationalists, Cossacks, Veterans, Bikers, The Guild War – How Should Journalists Treat Russian State Propagandists? and special features Former Russian Intelligence Officers Behind Boisto “Track II” Talks – and Now the Flawed Minsk Agreement and Johnson’s Russia List Spreads Invented Story About Germany Preparing Sanctions Against Kiev

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Pro-Kremlin photographer Roman Saponkov and Kirill Romanovsky double down on their refusal to apologize for laughing as Russian-backed militants fired on Ukrainian soldiers, now retreating from Debaltsevo.