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CBS News foreign correspondent apologizes for saying Ukraine is more ‘civilized’ than Iraq and Afghanistan

A senior foreign correspondent for CBS News has apologized after claiming online that the attack on Ukraine cannot be compared with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan because the Eastern European country is more “civilized”.

On Thursday (February 24), Russia launched an all-out attack on its neighbour. Fierce fighting is going on in UkraineThe second city as Russian troops entered Kharkiv in the early hours of Sunday morning (February 27).

Charlie D’Agata was reporting from Kyiv, Ukraine on Friday (February 25) when he told viewers that Ukraine “is not a place, with all due respect, as Iraq or Afghanistan has witnessed”. Conflict flared up for decades”.

He continued: “This is a relatively civilized, relatively European city – I have to choose those words carefully too – a city where you wouldn’t expect that or hope that it will happen.”

D’Agata’s comment clip has been shared widely on social networks, with more than 1.5 million views.

Many have questioned D’Agata’s use of the word “civilized”, calling it “racist” and “incorrect”.

“This is not OK,” said Miqdaad Versi, a media spokesman for the British Muslim Council. nation.

Chris Doyle, director of the Arab-British Understanding Council, called the comments “disgraceful” and asked if there was a table of alliances to help determine which countries could be classified as civilized. or not.

D’Agata – who has been a CBS reporter for two decades – has since issued an apology on the network’s streaming platform, according to New York Post.

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“I spoke in a way that I regret and for that, I apologize,” he said. The reporter goes on to say that what he is trying to convey is that Ukraine has not experienced “this scale of war” in recent years, unlike other countries.

“Nevertheless, you should never compare conflicts, every conflict is unique,” he added. I used poor words and I apologize for any offense I may have caused.”

Major attacks on Saturday night (February 26) in Ukraine included a gas pipeline outside Kharkiv set on fire by Russian troops and an oil depot near Vasylkiv Kyiv it was destroyed by a Russian missile attack.

Ukraine’s Health Minister Viktor Liashko said 198 Ukrainians, including three children, have been killed since the Russian invasion began.

Liashko added that 1,115 people were injured, including 33 children, according to operational data.

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Tom Vazquez

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