Regional Internet Provider in Kazakhstan Shuts Down Russian TV Channels Amid Moscow's Op in Ukraine
08:57 GMT 28.02.2022 (Updated: 12:01 GMT 28.02.2022)
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Russia is conducting a special operation to demilitarise and "denazify" Ukraine in answer to calls from Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics for help in countering aggression of Ukrainian forces. Moscow has underscored it has no plans to occupy Ukrainian territory, yet many foreign countries have accused it of invading the neighbouring country.
A regional internet provider in Kazakhstan has turned off the broadcasting of Russian TV channels due to “their position on the coverage of the situation in Ukraine”.
The company "Remstroyservis" - a provider from the city of Shakhtinsk in Karaganda region of Kazakhstan - announced that it had suspended broadcasting of Russian federal television channels.
"On all Russian, so-called" federal "channels, we have temporarily switched on the broadcasting of the Khabar 24 (formerly 24KZ) channel (Kazakhstan's state television channel)," Remstroyservis said in a Telegram message.
The decision to suspend the broadcasting of Russian TV channels was not taken by the Ministry of Information of Kazakhstan, Sputnik reported. It was clarified that the initiative belongs to the private telecommunications company.
The ministry, it was added, had no authority to interfere in civil law relations between TV channels and private broadcasting operators.
If there are violations of legislation in the field of information on the part of providers, the department will study them and take appropriate measures, emphasized the department.
On Thursday, Russia began a special operation to demilitarise and "denazify" Ukraine, responding to calls from the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics for military assistance in countering the aggression of Ukrainian forces and a "genocide" of the Russian-speaking population.
Moscow has repeatedly offered assurances that it has no plans of occupying Ukrainian territory, with the Russian Defence Ministry saying that there is no threat to the civilian population, as it is conducting precision strikes on military infrastructure - air defence facilities, military airfields, and air forces.
28 February 2022, 06:38 GMT
Despite this fact, many foreign countries have rushed to accused Russia of invading the neighbouring country and violating its territorial integrity. They have unveiled swathes of sanctions targeting Russia, while also pledging to provide Kiev with additional military assistance.