Ukraine Day 1301: LIVE UPDATES BELOW. One Ukrainian soldier was killed in action and two were wounded.
Yesterday’s coverage of the Ukraine conflict can be found here.
Screen grab from video by Ruptly, showing Graham Phillips narrating the battle of Debaltsevo, inadvertently revealing Russian T-72 tanks behind him.
Russia-backed forces attacked 41 times, Liga.net reported, citing a press briefing from the ATO [Anti-Terrorist Operation] headquarters.
On his VKontakte page, Phillips complained about the major reaction from Ukrainian media to his announcement, claiming it was an indication of how much his reporting “bothered” Ukrainian media with “all their lies and fake news” — using “ukrop,” a pejorative term for Ukrainians which means literally “dillweed”.
Graham, who last worked for Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star), the Russian military TV station, and previously worked for RT.com and Ruptly, was infamous for stepping on a tripwire and believing it was Ukrainian soldiers firing at him, and covering the seige of Debaltsevo from the Moscow perspective, and inadvertently revealing the presence of Russian tanks there.
Phillips said he would return to the Donbass after the World Cup but would no longer go to the front line, noting that he had only occasionally visited it recently.
Phillips, who was recently banned from YouTube for two weeks, is now in the Russian youth camp of Artek in occupied Crimea, referring to himself to the children as “Dyadya Grem” (Uncle Graham) (in a tweet evidently since removed, but he has referred to himself by similar nicknames recently and in the past).
— Catherine A. Fitzpatrick