Update on the News About Ukraine and Russia

From The Poynter Report with Tom Jones:

President Zelensky effectively uses media to get out his message

He has given powerful speeches to leaders in the U.S. and across Europe. He has done intimate interviews from undisclosed locations. He has made emotional pleas while showing immense courage.

Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky continues to effectively get his important message out to the world — all while leading his country against one of the biggest armies on the planet, an army that is destroying his country by attacking its citizens and everything and everyone else in its path.

And each time we see him — often looking exhausted yet determined — he passionately demonstrates the need for help.

On Sunday, he gave an exclusive interview to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, where he said he is ready to negotiate with Russian President Vladimir Putin, but also warned that a failed negotiation could lead to World War III.

“I’m ready for negotiations with him,” Zelensky said. “I was ready for the last two years. And I think that without negotiations, we cannot end this war. If there’s just 1% chance for us to stop this war, I think that we need to take this chance. We need to do that. I can tell you about the result of this negotiations — in any case, we are losing people on a daily basis, innocent people on the ground. Russian forces have come to exterminate us, to kill us, and we have demonstrated the dignity of our people and our army, that we are able to deal a powerful blow, we are able to strike back, but unfortunately, our dignity is not going to preserve lives, so I think that we have to use any format, any chance in order to have the possibility of negotiating the possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third world war.”

Dramatic, but not hyperbolic.

Zelensky also pressed for entrance into NATO, saying, “Now the whole world is seeing that our army is strong, but the leaders of world’s countries, all leaders, most leaders of NATO and the European Union were well aware of my position. I told them that we are running out of time. You have to admit Ukraine into NATO right now. We do not have much time. You have to accept Ukraine as a member of EU.”

Again, his warnings of what could happen next are dramatic, but not overstated.

So far, Zelensky has gained most of the world’s sympathy and immense support, although he has yet to get the full support he is looking for. He will continue to implore the world through his compelling interviews and speeches — interviews and speeches that are changing history.

Covering Russia

Interesting insights from Julie Pace, the senior vice president and executive editor of The Associated Press, on Sunday morning’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN. Pace told host Brian Stelter that the AP continues to “have a presence in Russia” despite Russian laws that potentially punish independent journalists for reporting the truth about the war.

“We feel like it’s incredibly important for us to report from there, particularly as we see other news organizations leave the country,” Pace said. “Obviously, the new laws have put restrictions on journalists, but we’re very committed to continuing to tell that story.”

But how? How do you report in a country that doesn’t want the truth reported?

Pace said she didn’t want to get into details about the “how” so as not to put her journalists in jeopardy. “But,” Pace said, “I can tell you that these are decisions and conversations that we have every day, multiple times a day. We cover a lot of difficult places around the world, a lot of places where there are intense restrictions on journalists, so this is something that we’re pretty experienced at.”

She said the safety of AP’s journalists is at the “top of the list.”

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