Georgian TV presenter speaks Ukrainian live on air in Georgia and expresses support for Ukraine

23 February, 11:05 AM
Georgian TV presenter speaks Ukrainian live on air in Georgia and expresses support for Ukraine (Photo:Screenshot)

Georgian TV presenter speaks Ukrainian live on air in Georgia and expresses support for Ukraine (Photo:Screenshot)

Nina Khubutia, a presenter on Georgian television channel Mtavari Arkhi, spoke Ukrainian live on air, expressing her support for Ukraine amid the looming threat of Russian invasion.

Ukrainian journalist Ostap Yarysh posted the corresponding video on social media on Feb. 20.

“Let’s remember that we have a common enemy, and that enemy is Russia. Therefore, we, like never before, are together in this, and only together will we definitely win,” Khubutia said.

Ukraine has been threatened by a Russian military build-up on its borders since October 2021.

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The U.S. ambassador to the OSCE, Michael Carpenter, said on Feb. 21 that Russia has arrayed between 169,000 and 190,000 troops on the Russian-Ukrainian and Belarusian-Ukrainian border, and in the temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and the Donbas.

That same day, Russian President Vladimir Putin recognized the self-declaredauthorities in the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Donbas region, and immediately authorized a so-called “peacekeeping” mission of Russian soldiers to the territory – effectively invading it.

The Ukrainian government has called Russia’s recognition of the independence of the non-government-controlled parts of Ukraine’s Donbas to be evidence of Russia’s withdrawal from the Minsk Agreement peace process.

On Feb. 22, Putin received authorization from the Russian parliament to deploy the armed forces of the Russian Federation abroad.

In recent weeks, Russian escalation has included a wide ranging cyberattack on Feb. 15, as well as increased shelling from non-government-controlled territory onto Ukrainian positions.

Russian media has also been spreading numerous false claims of Ukrainian attacks on civilian structures, as well as false accusations of “genocide” being conducted by Ukraine against Russian speakers in Ukraine.

On Feb. 19, Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Denys Monastyrsky, MPs, and foreign journalists, came under shelling during a visit to the conflict zone in the Donbas, at the position of the 30th brigade in the Novoluhansk region.

Subsequently, the Minister of Internal Affairs and the journalists were promptly taken to shelter.

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