Russian satellite TV shows message Ukraine: ‘blood on your hands’

LONDON, May 9 (Reuters) – Russian satellite television menus were changed Monday to show viewers in Moscow messages about the war in Ukraine: “You have blood on your hands,” according to screenshots obtained by Reuters.

The photos showed Moscow satellite television menus on Victory Day, when Russia celebrated the 77th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany, with anti-war slogans being displayed on every channel.

“You have the blood of thousands of Ukrainians and hundreds of dead children on your hands,” read a slogan.

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“The TV and the authorities are lying. No to war.’

The slogans appeared just before the Victory Day parade in Red Square, where President Vladimir Putin compared the war in Ukraine to the Soviet struggle to defeat Adolf Hitler in World War II.

It was not immediately clear what the slogans would look like. Interfax news agency said the slogans also appeared on cable television after they were hacked.

A Russian news website also showed anti-war material highly critical of Putin. It was not immediately clear how the negative articles came about. They quickly disappeared.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24 killed thousands, displaced millions more and raised fears of the most serious confrontation between Russia and the United States since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962.

Putin says the “special military operation” in Ukraine is needed because the United States used Ukraine to threaten Russia and Moscow had to defend itself against the persecution of Russian-speaking people.

He portrays the conflict as an inevitable confrontation with the United States, which he accuses of threatening Russia by meddling in its backyard and expanding NATO’s military alliance.

NATO and Ukraine deny that they posed a threat to Russia. Ukraine says it is fighting imperial-style land grabs and Putin’s claims of genocide are nonsense.

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Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel

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