Russian satellite TV broadcasts a message about Ukraine: “blood on your hands”

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – Russian satellite TV menus were changed on Monday to show viewers in Moscow messages about the war in Ukraine: ‘You have blood on your hands’, screenshots show obtained by Reuters.

The photographs showed Moscow satellite TV menus on Victory Day, when Russia celebrated the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, with each channel broadcasting anti-war slogans.

“You have the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of dead children on your hands,” read a slogan.

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“Television and the authorities lie. No to war.”

The slogans appeared just before the Victory Day parade in Red Square in which President Vladimir Putin compared the war in Ukraine to the Soviet battle to defeat Adolf Hitler in World War II.

It was not immediately clear how the slogans appeared. The Interfax news agency said the slogans also appeared on cable television after being hacked.

A Russian news site also ran anti-war information that was deeply critical of Putin. It was not immediately clear how the negative articles emerged. They quickly disappeared.

Russia’s February 24 invasion of Ukraine has killed thousands, displaced millions and raised fears of the most serious confrontation between Russia and the United States since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.

Putin said the “special military operation” in Ukraine was necessary because the United States was using Ukraine to threaten Russia and Moscow had to defend itself against persecution of Russian speakers.

He presents the conflict as an inevitable confrontation with the United States, which he accuses of threatening Russia by interfering in its backyard and expanding the NATO military alliance.

NATO and Ukraine deny posing a threat to Russia. Ukraine says it is fighting land grabbing the imperial way and that Putin’s genocide claims are nonsense.

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Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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