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Saturday, February 14, 2015

More on Corporate Media Deception

Patrick Lancaster, a freelance journalist on the front line in Ukraine, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about the truth of what is happening there.

Footage he took of government forces shelling a soup kitchen was misrepresented by On Demand news, affiliated with ITN, as being rebel forces attacking. Even in the original video, he points out that one of the women in it is cursing Poroshenko, and it was clear that it was government forces making the attack, and it was 'definitely an attempt to twist the truth or outright lie.'

The Guardian Media Group picked up and ran the story, but did later apologise for their error. He says he sees civilians dying on a daily basis from artillery attacks and people 'despise' the Kiev government, seeing Poroshenko as a 'murderer of their children.' There is no way Lugansk or Donetsk will ever want to be part of Ukraine again, he says, they have lost the people.

He was in Kramatorsk when the government shelled for 5 days in a row, and the only things he saw hit were civilian homes, school, orphanages and gas stations. The people in eastern Ukraine want Russia to make a bigger stand to help stop civilians dying. He says the population think of ceasefire agreements as a 'joke' that 'never last more than 15 minutes.'

And if Kiev are armed by Britain or the U.S. it will move the situation further from peace, and the only way it will stop is if Ukraine will accept that people there want nothing to do with them and put up borders.


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