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Lost again: CNN map places E. Ukraine’s Slavyansk in… Crimea?

Published time: July 06, 2014 14:36
Edited time: July 07, 2014 11:11

CNN, already infamous for its embarrassing geography goof-ups, has mistakenly relocated the Eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk in an infographic – all the way to the Crimea peninsula.

The American network was reporting Saturday on the Kiev military forcing out the self-defense troops out of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk, the cities in Ukraine’s Donetsk region that used to be their strongholds for a while. In a lead-in to the report, the TV channel showed a map – where Slavyansk was moved hundreds of kilometers away from its actual location, to Crimea, a peninsula that rejoined Russia in March.

In fact, the distance between Slavyansk (in Ukrainian language - Slovyansk) and Kramatorsk is only about 16 kilometers. Both cities lie to the north of the region’s capital, Donetsk.

Image from Google Maps

It is far not the first time that CNN graphics staff have demonstrated a relaxed attitude to accuracy when it comes to geography.

Earlier this year, the channel reshaped the world suggesting on its map that Eastern Ukraine was somewhere in Pakistan. The error was snapped by one of eagle-eyed viewers from a TV screen and published on Twitter, soon going viral on the internet and a target for sarcastic comments.

But it’s not just Russia and Ukraine suffering from CNN’s “pin a tail on the donkey” approach.

In March, for example, CNN stated that the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, was in Indonesia.

And covering the New Year’s celebrations around the globe, CNN flashed a caption suggesting that Auckland, in New Zealand, was a city in Australia.

Before that, CNN placed Hong Kong, just off the coast of China, in South America.

Even Britain, the old country, has not been immune from CNN’s wandering maps. Its capital, London, was shifted 100 miles northeast – to rural Norfolk.

Comments (118)


Marenostrum 03.08.2014 21:47

How you can sleep employees of RT? You are direct responsible foe war and crimes in Ukraine because you are Putin-Hitler Goebels"s service for cheapest propaganda against the truth and humanity.Shane on you! Ukraine is almost free,just few places and war is over.And whole success is thanks to you RT,thanks to your low-level propaganda with fake pictures,videos and testifies.Thank you RT! Crimea is next for freedom!


Marenostrum 03.08.2014 21:43

CNN did mistake,but CNN didn"T use lies and videos and photos from Chechnya,Syria and Bosnia with comments about "Ukrainian crimes"! RT is the worst kind of Stalin era propaganda and tanks to RT world now see the truth about glorious fight of Ukrainians against godless regime in Moscow.


Sereniama Walkans 10.07.2014 17:26

Weaver 07.07.2014 01:53

Neocons, the politicians, the military: Almost none of them know anything about you.

The average American knows only that Russia took territory belonging to the Ukraine - little more.

Ameri ca is a democracy. You can't actually expect us to know what we're doing.


Yeah, and Ignorant Americans like you stillccall Ukraine, "the Ukraine", which is highly offensive to part Ukrainians like myself.

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