After military intervention by Russian troops, Crimea’s marionette government with the support of Russian military staff, hired groups of thugs, and aggressive marginalized citizens, is building a full-scale informational blockade of Crimea.
Every Ukrainian TV channel has been cut off and changed to Russian TV channel. Local, central and international media are not allowed to film or photograph. Journalists being threatened and harassed, including several cases of kidnapping and severe beatings.
I was born and got my journalism degree in Russia. I also used to live and worked in Crimea for several years. As soon as Russian troops started their shameful annexation of Crimea, I immediately left Kiev for Simferopol (capital of Crimea) to report live from the ground.
With the group of my colleagues, we are streaming live videos, taking pictures, conducting interviews at the streets, at the most heated demonstrations, and from the inside of Ukrainian military bases, blocked by armed Russian soldiers.