US Provides Ukraine With Digital TV Transmitters
The United States provided Ukraine with 11 new digital TV transmitters. They will be installed in the territories adjacent to the occupied parts of the Donbas, as well as on the border with the Russian-annexed Crimean peninsula
“Thankfully we have Ukrainian channels so we can have an idea what is really happening… (as in, for example) in Kyiv, in the Verkhovna Rada,” a soldier named Volodymyr said.
Well-informed means well-armed. These words ring true for both the Ukrainian troops on the front line in the Donbas, and the residents of the occupied territories in the east of Ukraine, as well as in the annexed Crimea.
In these territories, national Russian, as well as local Kremlin-backed TV channels produce fake news to promote a false narrative of what they call “Russki Mir,” or the “Russian World.” Four years ago, in order not to starve Ukrainians of truthful information the government in Kyiv began implementing a project to ensure broadcasting of Ukrainian media in frontline areas in the Donbas and in the south of Kherson region bordering with Crimea.
“In 2016 we installed a 184-meter tower on Mount Karachun in the Donetsk region. In 2017 we built two towers – a 150-meter one in Chonhar and a 130-meter tower in Bakhmutivka, Luhansk region,” First Deputy Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine Emine Dzhaparova said.
Eleven digital transmitters were donated as part of the USAID program. Three of them have already been installed in the Kherson region on the border with Russian-annexed Crimea and one is operational in the Donetsk region.
“We plan to install transmitters in Mariupol, Volnovakha, Horniak, and Kramatorsk. The rest will operate in the Luhansk region: Bakhmutivka, Starobilsk, and Shiroke,” Serhiy Kostynskyi of the National Broadcasting Council said.
The United States allocated $1 million for procuring the transmitters.
“We’ve supported the aspiration of our partners and supplied them with high-quality broadcasting equipment, which will provide good content for more than four million residents of southern and eastern Ukraine. Including two million people who don’t have access to Ukrainian broadcasting. This equipment will provide access to various public and commercial stations, as in other Ukrainian cities,” U.S. Department of State Deputy Assistant Secretary of the European and Eurasian Bureau George Kent said.
As a result, more Ukrainians in Russian-annexed Crimea and in Donbas villages, towns and cities under the hybrid Russian occupation will be able to tune into no less than eight Ukrainian TV channels.
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