A woman stares at the sea from the Sevastopol harbour on March 4, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Filippo MONTEFORTE)
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Two days before Russian forces began the operation to seize Crimea, somebody threw two Molotov cocktails through the window of Black Sea TV.Less than a week later, with Russian troops fully in control of the peninsula, Black Sea TV was cut off from broadcasting Monday. It still reaches cable and satellite viewers – Kvitko estimates less than a third of its normal audience – but Tuesday the authorities cut off the power.The staff set up a small generator and is feeding old movies to cable viewers, but the studios and editing machines the channel uses to prepare its news reports are cut off. It is punishment for daring to broadcast a reality different from the only one accepted by the pro-Russia authorities in Crimea, says Kvitko.Russia's military operation in Ukraine has been accompanied by a particularly assertive media campaign.As described in Russian news reports, Ukraine is being overrun by anti-Russian fascist thugs.
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