Russian TV presenter 'sorry' for calling to drown Ukrainian children

RT host Anton Krasovsky, a supporter of Putin's invasion of Ukraine, says is embarrassed by his comments, adding he got carried away on-air; Ukrainian FM says statement is 'aggressive genocide incitement'

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A Russian TV presenter apologized on Monday for calling for Ukrainian children to be drowned, as Russia's state Investigative Committee said it was probing his remarks.
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  • In a show last week on state-controlled broadcaster RT, presenter Anton Krasovsky said Ukrainian children who saw Russians as occupiers under the Soviet Union should have been "thrown straight into a river with a strong current" and drowned.
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    אנטון קרסובסקי מהטלוויזיה הממלכתית ב רוסיה רוקד מול המצלמה אחרי מתקפת הטילים הרוסית ב אוקראינה
    אנטון קרסובסקי מהטלוויזיה הממלכתית ב רוסיה רוקד מול המצלמה אחרי מתקפת הטילים הרוסית ב אוקראינה
    Anton Krasovsky celebrates on camera after Russian missile strike on Ukraine earlier this month
    Ukraine said on Sunday that RT was an inciter of genocide and should be banned worldwide.
    Margarita Simonyan, the channel's editor-in-chief, said she had suspended Krasovsky because of his "disgusting" comments, adding that no one at RT shared his views.
    Krasovsky said in a social media post he was "really embarrassed".
    "Well, it happens: you're on air, you get carried away. And you can't stop. I ask for the forgiveness of everyone who was stunned by this," he said.
    'Sharp Statements'
    State television, heavily controlled by the Kremlin, has been a vocal cheerleader of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, often calling on President Vladimir Putin to take an even more aggressive approach to the war. But Krasovsky's comments appeared to have crossed a line for the authorities.
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    Residential street in Ukraine destroyed in Russian attack on Sunday
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    The Investigative Committee, which handles serious crimes, said it had been asked to look into his "sharp statements" and had ordered a report.
    Krasovsky is a pro-war commentator on Russian television who has been sanctioned by the European Union. In last week's show, he also talked about shoving children into huts and burning them, and joked about the rape of Ukrainian women.
    "Governments which have still not banned RT must watch this excerpt," Ukraine's Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Twitter, linking to a clip of the interview. He said Ukraine would put Krasovsky on trial for "aggressive genocide incitement".
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