Amid a full-fledged war waged by Russia against Ukraine since Feb. 24, several countries and multinational corporations have imposed heavy sanctions on Moscow. In the latest issue, the first deputy of the Kremlin’s ambassador to the United Nations, Dmitry Polyansky, claimed that his account on the micro-blogging site Twitter had been blocked after posting a tweet about the maternity hospital in the besieged city of Mariupol, in southern Ukraine. Deeming the blocking to be deplorable, the Russian diplomat mentioned having received a message from the cloud service of the entity headed by Parag Agarwal stating that he had violated the rules of Twitter.
While Twitter allegedly motivated the blocking by violations of abuse and harassment rules, the Russian representative said the restriction of access to his account illustrates how free press, alternative vision and free information are appreciated by Twitter and the United States.
Twitter reportedly blocks Russian diplomat’s UN account for violations
After a United Nations Security Council meeting on March 18, Polyansky told reporters that Twitter referenced a tweet warning on March 7 that the Mariupol hospital had been turned into a military object by radicals. He further called the alleged disinformation “very disturbing” and went on to say that the United Nations is spreading disinformation without verification, according to PTI.
It may be noted that the Russian diplomat’s Twitter has been restored and its 22,000 followers are intact. The tweet in question can be read as follows: “This is how fake news is born. We warned in our March 7th statement that this hospital had been turned into a military object by radicals. Very disturbing that the UN is spreading this information without verification.”
Day 24: Russia-Ukraine War
Under the pretext of carrying out a “special military operation” in Ukraine and the autonomous region of Donetsk, comprising the rebel regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a military offensive on February 24. rocked key cities across Ukraine, the Kremlin continued to sweep its violent vision under the rug. Despite aiming missiles at residential compounds, hospitals, civilian facilities and grainy images of heavy casualties across Kyiv, the Kremlin said its main goal was to bring Ukraine’s military infrastructure “out of commission”.
As the Russian-led invasion of Ukraine entered its 24th day on Saturday, Ukrainian forces put up fierce resistance to the orders of President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The UN said more than 3 million people have fled Ukraine, while the West has imposed many sanctions on Russia, especially on wealthy business leaders and Kremlin associates, known as Russian oligarchs.
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