Russian Forces Take Over TV Towers in Ukraine’s Kherson Region

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Days after introducing rubles and distribution of Russian passports, Moscow has now started broadcasting its channels in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region. The development came on Tuesday after the Russian engineers forcefully reconfigured at least seven television towers in the Kherson region to broadcast Russian television channels, reports Republicworld.

Specialists of the communication units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation connected and reconfigured the last of the seven television towers in the Kherson region to broadcast Russian television channels,” Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement, notes Radio Free Europe. “Connecting the seventh tower has extended the broadcasting network across the entire region and made it possible to transmit 24 Russian television channels across its entire territory,” the ministry added.

According to the Russian army, the reconfigured TV towers will allow the people of Kherson to know “crucial information for free.” Kherson is located just north of annexed Crimea. It was one of the first cities that came under the attack of the Russian forces as Moscow continues to impose control on the southern area near Crimea. 

The Ukrainian government opposed the actions and called them “unlawful.” They’re a flagrant violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, as well as norms and principles of international humanitarian law,” the Ukrainian foreign ministry stated, according to Republicworld.

By Leslie Stimson, Inside Towers Washington Bureau Chief

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