- Sputnik International, 1920, 25.02.2022
Russia's Special Operation in Ukraine
On February 24, 2022 Russia launched a special military operation in Ukraine, aiming to liberate the Donbass region where the people's republics of Donetsk and Lugansk had been living under regular attacks from Kiev's forces.

'We Will Continue Our Work': Rossiya Segodnya Slams YouTube Over Decision to Block Channels

© Sputnik / Ramil SitdikovA signboard of the Rossiya Segodnya international news agency at the entrance to the agency's building.
A signboard of the Rossiya Segodnya international news agency at the entrance to the agency's building. - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.03.2022
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Youtube channels of the Rossiya Segodnya media group, in particular RIA Novosti and Sputnik, are now blocked on the platform, the agency's press service reported.
"YouTube announced the immediate blocking of Russian state media channels around the world. The channels of the Rossiya Segodnya media group are also blocked on YouTube," the statement says.
In particular, RIA Novosti and Radio Sputnik channels have been blocked, it added.

"We will continue our work until the last reader. And what is happening in Western social networks is lawlessness and a violation of any principles of freedom of speech and democracy, so promoted by them," the agency declared.

Google's video hosting platform earlier blocked access to channels linked to Russian state-owned media, citing a guideline against anything that rejects well-documented violence.
The company has already banned over 1,000 channels and 15,000 videos for "violating not only our hate speech policy, but also our policies on misinformation, graphic content, and more," according to the statement. YouTube also announced that all monetization options on the platform have been disabled in Russia, following the suspension of all video commercials in the country.
This picture taken in Moscow on October 12, 2021 shows the logo of Youtube social media on a smartphone screen.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 11.03.2022
YouTube Blocks Russian State-Run Media Channels Around the World
Earlier this month, YouTube began pulling Sputnik and RT's YouTube channels across Europe, in line with EU anti-Russia sanctions implemented in response to the Kremlin's military operation in Ukraine.
After the breakaway Donbass republics requested assistance in defending themselves against Ukrainian military assets, Moscow initiated a special military operation in Ukraine on February 24. As a result, Western countries launched a broad anti-Russia sanctions campaign. Due to regional insecurity, most multinational corporations have halted operations in Russia.
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