Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky announced that his government will combine all state TV channels into one amid the Russian invasion.
The move was announced to fight against alleged "active dissemination of misinformation by" Russia and its "distortion of information ... as well as justifying or denying the armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine," according to the release.
It's not clear if the order, which went into effect on March 19, will impact private Ukrainian TV channels.
Earlier in the conflict, Russia shut down certain independent media outlets in Russia and also banned certain foreign broadcasters from operating there. Moscow also banned Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and several other social media websites. A Russian court on Monday declared Meta, the owner of Facebook and Instagram, guilty of fostering extremist activity.
Zelensky also told CNN in an interview he’s ready to enter negotiations with Russian President Vladimir Putin as the conflict enters its fourth week.
“I’m ready for negotiations with him. I was ready for the last two years. And I think that without negotiations we cannot end this war,” he said. “I think that we have to use any format, any chance in order to have a possibility of negotiating, [a] possibility of talking to Putin. But if these attempts fail, that would mean that this is a third World War.”
In the capital, Kyiv, a shopping center in the densely populated Podil district near the city center was a smoking ruin after being hit late Sunday by shelling that killed eight people, according to emergency officials.
The attack shattered every window in a neighboring high-rise. Russian military spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov charged that Ukrainian forces had been using the shopping mall to store rockets and reload launchers. That claim could not be independently verified.
Amid the continuing shelling, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko announced a curfew extending from Monday evening through Wednesday morning.