(PatriotWise.com)- The Kremlin has completely cracked down on media organizations and journalists across the country, not only demanding that the invasion of Ukraine only be referred to as a “special military operation,” but also reportedly banning the distribution of an interview with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in Russia.
The interview, which was given by the Ukrainian president to several independent journalists in Russia, was blocked from being aired on Russian television and shared online.
Zelenskyy reportedly spoke with independent journalists Mikhail Zygar, Tikhon Dzyadko, and several others. In the conversation, according to Bianna Golodryga of CNN, Zelenskky explained how he believed that the Russian president wasn’t expecting the heavy military resistance his military saw when the invasion began.
“I believe Putin was told that we are waiting for you with flowers and smiles, the situation is very bad, the current president and party are not supported. I believe that 99.9%,” Zelenskyy told the journalists.
Golodryga released the short excerpt of the conversation in a retweet of a screenshot of the conversation between Zelenskyy and the Russian journalists.
Take a look:
Zelensky in his first interview with Russian journalists: "I believe (Putin) was told that we (Ukrainians) are waiting for you with flowers and smiles, the situation is very bad, the current President (Zelensky) and party are not supported. I believe that 99.9%." https://t.co/kM3tXGgkk5
— Bianna Golodryga (@biannagolodryga) March 27, 2022
In the interview, the Ukrainian president also expressed his deep disappointment in just how many Russian people support the war.
Then again, with alternative, anti-Kremlin media banned in Russia, it’s not hard to see why so many Russians believe what Putin is saying and support his so-called “special military operation” in Ukraine.
CNN anchor Jim Sciutto said on March 27 that the Kremlin “immediately squashed the interview.”
“New – Moscow’s media watchdog Roskomnadzor issued a statement Sunday warning Russian news outlets against rebroadcasting or distributing an interview between Zelensky and a group of independent Russian journalists,” Sciutto wrote.
Unfortunately, the Kremlin immediately squashed the interview:
New – Moscow's media watchdog Roskomnadzor issued a statement Sunday warning Russian news outlets against rebroadcasting or distributing an interview between Zelensky and a group of independent Russian journalists. https://t.co/bEcPDKux62
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 27, 2022
It’s clear why, isn’t it?