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Russia Today anchor's on-air editorial comes out against Ukraine invasion

Posted by Lara Salahi  March 4, 2014 10:52 AM

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Russia Today anchor Abby Martin broke the traditional sentiments of the state-funded station Monday when she spoke "from [her] heart" and denounced the presence of Russian troops in Ukraine.

Martin ended her show Breaking the Set with a 90-second editorial about the ongoing political crisis calling Russia's presence in the region a "military occupation."

"Just because I work here, for RT, doesn't mean I don't have editorial independence and I can't stress enough how strongly I am against any military intervention in sovereign nations' affairs," she said while roaming the Washington, DC, based studio clearly looking distressed.

"What Russia did is wrong."

Martin seemed to be reading from a teleprompter, so her comments may not have been a rogue outburst. While many who saw the clip predicted a fallout between her and the station, Russia Today's public response seemed to defend the young anchor.

"Contrary to the popular opinion, RT doesn't beat its journalists into submission, and they are free to express their own opinions, not just in private but on the air," Russia Today responded in a public statement.

The broadcaster said it will not reprimand Martin for her comments.

"In her comment Ms. Martin also noted that she does not possess a deep knowledge of reality of the situation in Crimea. As such we’ll be sending her to Crimea to give her an opportunity to make up her own mind from the epicentre of the story."

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