NBC Reporter Goes To Crimea, Shocks Viewers By Telling The Truth

ER Editor: A highly significant toe-in-the-water, we feel. Who’s behind this? Victoria Nuland, arch neocon, gets an honorable mention for having an unachievable vision. Pretty amazing.

Oh, and NBC’s Keir Simmons ends up on the Ukrainian kill list called Myrotvorets.

Recall some recent truth bombs – about the Minsk accords being western cover to let Ukraine get armed: Merkel and Hollande.

Merkel Pops Up to Make An Admission of Western Collusion Against Russia

And NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg, for admitting that the war began way back in 2014.

NATO Chief Admits: “War Didn’t Start In February Last Year, The War Started In 2014”


NBC Reporter Goes To Crimea, Shocks Viewers By Telling The Truth

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Mainstream media correspondents for major US networks rarely, if ever, report from inside Crimea and certainly are nowhere near Russian-held territory in eastern Ukraine.

However, this week NBC News chief international correspondent Keir Simmons went to Sevastopol, surrounded by a significant Russian military presence given it is home to the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet, and in a live segment admitted that it’s not at all realistic Zelensky and Ukrainian forces can ever hope to take Crimea.

This is especially as the “the people there… view themselves as Russian.” Simmons noted that “This is the closest that any US news crew has got to the Russian Black Sea Fleet in many many years.” He explained that “Vladimir Putin will be determined to defend that port – to not have it take it away from him – he may well do pretty much anything to try to achieve that.”

ER: This is a very bizarre conversation, which suggests that somehow Crimea and only Crimea within the whole of Ukraine is uniquely Russian, or Russian-defended, when the NBC map omits the entire eastern region of Donbass and the two other southern regions which VOTED to join Russia. Their map gives the viewer a totally distorted picture of the landmass of Ukraine that Russia actually controls. Well, baby steps …

“It is a very, very dangerous standoff.. it’s hard to see how you reach a negotiation over that. There’s military absolutely everywhere, it is a military town,” he continued, before saying…

“When for example Victoria Nuland talks about that at the very least we [the US] want Crimea to be demilitarized, I find myself standing there and wondering, how on earth does that happen?

Ukrainian officials and pro-Kyiv media pundits are said to be outraged at the segment, given it repeatedly and bluntly referenced that Crimeans see themselves as Russians. Even a separate write-up filed days earlier from inside Crimea and posted to NBC’s website included the following:

This is not Russia, according to Kyiv, its Western allies and the United Nations. It was annexed by the Kremlin in 2014, with the U.N. calling on Russia to return to its “internationally recognized borders.” And following Moscow’s broader invasion launched a year ago, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has vowed Ukraine will take Crimea back.

But Praskovya Baranova, 73, speaks Russian, feels Russian and lives here.

But it appears that the NBC correspondent, once he was on the ground in a place that few Western reporters ever venture, couldn’t deny the plain truth he was seeing all around him.

David Sacks comments of the refreshingly truthful segment, “Not long ago, these were denounced as Putin talking points.” 

Sacks also says regarding NBC clearly conceding that Zelensky’s goal of retaking Crimea remains unrealistic and dangerous

This is a huge admission because it means that Biden’s policy of “only the Ukrainians can decide” the objectives of the war makes no sense. We’re effectively delegating our foreign policy to Zelensky, who is pursuing objectives that we don’t agree with.

“At the same time that MSNBC is suddenly airing the truth about Crimea, its chief Ukraine pundit is lobbying for an all-out attack,” Sacks also observes of the timing of the mid-week report.

ER: And when you see an ordinary citizen on the street in Crimea, it’s much harder for the viewer thousands of miles away to want to have them killed for apparently no real reason.

“It’s getting easier to see who are the real fanatics in this war,” Sacks concluded.

(ER: And that is very likely the point of this unusual foray into Russian-held territory.)




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