On April 27, Russian media TRK Zvezda published news under the headline “Poles Recognize Crimea Is Part of Russia.” The report made reference to a program on Poland’s TVP television channel, where a map can be seen with the Crimean peninsula in the same color as the Russian Federation.
A number of Ukrainian and Russian editions also published this news, but more accurately stated that the Crimea had been “annexed” to Russia by TVP. In particular, “Zerkalo Nedeli”, “24 channel”, Lenta.ru and others provided information this way.
The program in question, Studio Wschod, aired on April 25. The following day, the program’s press service issued an apology for the mistake:
“Studio Wschod offers deep apologies for a mistake that we made in the last episode of our TV program. Every time, when we talk about Ukraine, we mark the Crimea as a territory occupied by Russia and Russian soldiers. This time it was a report about the consequences of the occupation of Ukraine for the Russian economy. Unfortunately, this time we didn’t pay attention to the image of the Crimea, and for that we apologize… Once again we got the confirmation of the importance to prepare carefully for the program. We apologize for the inattention and promise that it won’t occur in future.”