A Russian presenter who said Ukrainian children should be drowned for calling Moscow’s so-called “special military operation” an invasion blamed the “demon” on his shoulder for the infamous remark.
In an appeal video posted on Telegram Monday, pro-war commentator and RT director of broadcasting Anton Krasovsky admitted that he went “too far” and added that he “will never forgive” himself for the inflammatory remark.
“I am on this broadcast dozens of times a month and, from time to time, the demon sitting on one of my shoulders can take me too far,” Krasovsky said in the video, as translated by Ukrainska Pravda. “I am to blame before all the mothers who were horrified to hear these words. I am guilty and I will carry this guilt with me, it will be in my dreams and sorrows for the rest of my life. I don’t know if you can forgive me. I will never forgive myself.”
Krasovsky on Sunday proposed that Ukrainian children who criticize Russia for occupying their country should be thrown “in the river where the currents are strong” while discussing the situation in Ukraine with Russian science fiction author Sergey Lukyanenko.
“They should have been drowned in the Tysyna (River). Just drown those children, drown them,” Krasovsky said on his TV show.
In another segment of the interview, Krasovsky also mocked reports about Russian soldiers raping elderly Ukrainian women during the invasion. He argued that, contrary to reports, the “grannies” would rather “spend their burial savings” just to get raped by Russian soldiers.
Within hours of his comments, Krasovsky was fired from RT, with the agency’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan saying that the company does not share the same “disgusting” ideas.
“I am terminating our cooperation, as neither I nor the rest of the RT team can allow even the thought of any of us being capable to share such nonsense. A surprise, what can I say,” Simonyan said in a statement.
In addition to being removed from the channel, the head of Russia’s Investigative Committee, which handles serious crimes, said they would review Krasovsky’s remarks as part of a potential criminal investigation, per The Guardian.
Ukraine, on the other hand, accused Krasovsky of inciting genocide and called for other countries to ban RT.