Belsat television channel to launch Ukrainian-language news service

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The Polish-funded Belsat television channel will begin to broadcast news in the Ukrainian language from Tuesday, a Belsat official has said.

Milosz Dobrzynski told PAP on Tuesday: "The decision to expand Belsat programming is a response to the situation in Ukraine where, due to the war, people are having a difficult time accessing current information."

It was announced that the news in the Ukrainian language would air at 8:00 p.m. Kyiv time (7:00 p.m. Warsaw time).

"If, as a result of military operations, the Ukrainian media and the internet become completely paralysed, Belsat will remain, as it can also be received via satellite. This means that Belsat cannot be switched off in Ukraine," added Aleksy Dzikawicki, a Belsat associate director.

The Belsat television channel, which broadcasts in the Belarusian and Russian languages to Belarus via satelite, has been sponsored by the Polish government since 2007.