Russian Kremlin blocks Zelenskyy interview

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For a story about the Kremlin blocking a news story, four Russian journalists interviewed Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Ukrainian President. According to the New York Post.

Zelenskyy was able to participate in a Zoom virtual interview lasting 90 minutes. He also spoke with Mikhail Zygar, Tikhon Zygar and other independent Russian journalists. It’s not clear if Solovyov was in Russia at the time he participated the Zoom meeting.

According to an excerpt from the interview, Zelenskyy claimed that Russian President Vladimir Putin was surprised at the resistance provided in the Urkanian military. This was according to Bianna Golodryga (CNN reporter), who posted the interview to Twitter.

According to The New York TimesRussian news media were warned by the government not publish the interview.

According to the Times, Roskomnadzor, the Kremlin’s censorship arm, issued a directive to media outlets in the country to ignore the interview and plans to investigate the journalists to “determine their responsibility.”

Putin’s government has imposed a virtual blackout on domestic media’s reporting of the war during the invasion, restricted access to social media, and the Kremlin signed into law a censorship statute that threatens prison terms for reporters who disseminate what it calls “fake news”Information about the Russian military presence in Ukraine

Because of this, a majority of the Western news outlets have either pulled their staff out of the country or halted their reporting completely.