Ukraine Asks French TV to Refrain From Broadcasting Movie About the Events in Odessa


Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

31st January, 2016


A request has been made to the French channel Canal+  by the Embassy of Ukraine in Paris to waive the broadcast of the film “Ukraine, The masks of the revolution”. This is stated on the website of the diplomatic department on Facebook.

“We were disappointed to learn that on February 1st, Canal+, as part of a special investigation, will air the documentary “The mask of the revolution”, which gives the viewer a false impression of the situation in Ukraine”, states the message.

The Embassy of Ukraine has proposed to the French television channel to broadcast their own collection of documentaries about the events in the country. Diplomats called the film “sweet music to the ears of supporters of a conspiracy theory and Russian propaganda.”

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“Attempts to explain these events as an operation financed by the United States are not only false but very disrespectful to our fellow citizens, killed in the center of Kiev in upholding the democratic aspirations of their country”, said the appeal of the Embassy.

The premiere of the French documentary, directed by Paul Moreira, “Ukraine, the mask of revolution”, is planned by the French TV channel on 1st February. The film is, among other things, about the tragic events in Odessa, when more than 40 people were killed in a fire in the House of trade unions.

“The battalions “Right sector”, “Azov” and “Svoboda” got out of control easily. In Odessa, in May 2014, they were responsible for mass murder, which has not been charged. 45 people burned to death,” said the announcement of the movie.

It is noteworthy that the title of the movie is actually borrowed from the RT channel, who in March 2015 released a picture called “Kiev. Masks of the revolution.”

“I wanted to deal with the Odessa massacre – it is completely silenced in Europe, nobody really knew about it, including me. When I got there, I was surprised – 45 people were killed in the center of Europe, and no one knew!” said Moreira in an interview with RIA Novosti.

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