People around the world tune in to news channels for updates amid escalating tension between Russia and Ukraine. While several channels and news outlets broadcast information about the Russian-Ukrainian crisismultilingual journalist Philip Crowther stunned netizens with his eloquent coverage of the situation in six languages.
Without flinching, we hear him reporting from the Ukrainian capital kyiv in English, Luxembourgish, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German. Crowther took to Twitter to share a montage of his report on Monday and it has amassed over 3 million views so far.
“There has been a war with Russian forces in the eastern Donbass region for eight years now. But despite the fact that the capital, kyiv, is relatively quiet,” Crowther is heard reporting in English for the Associated Press. He switches to other languages while speaking for other news outlets.
See the video:
— Philip Crowther (@FilipinoDC) February 21, 2022
See the reactions:
Really impressive, Philip. I wonder, have you met your comedian alter ego, @YGVassilakis? One of his specialties is dubbing lines of famous shows into many languages. Together you have to cover all of Europe… 😂👏https://t.co/iQW8s3WKYW
— Felix Lowe (@saddleblaze) February 21, 2022
So, do you think you’re a good journalist? Top this guy! pic.twitter.com/t01HKKGFdU
—Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) February 22, 2022
Leave a few tongues for the rest of us.
— Molly Quell (@MollyQuell) February 22, 2022
This guy speaks Spanish with a better accent than half the Spanish population. Myself included!
— 999977775555 (@DjCkpvmxyKOzXVa) February 21, 2022
Crowther often shares videos of his multilingual reporting. Last year, he left netizens stunned after he shared a montage of his work in a week.
The biography of Crowther’s Twitter account indicates that he is an affiliated international correspondent for Associated Press Global Media Services. He is originally from Luxembourg and is a native English, German and Luxembourgish speaker and speaks French, Spanish and Portuguese. He covers U.S. diplomacy, foreign policy, politics, and current affairs and is also a member of the White House Correspondents Association with Barrier Access to the White House.
He joined the PA in March 2019. He obtained a postgraduate degree in broadcast journalism from the London College of Communication (University of the Arts, London). He was born in Luxembourg to a German mother and a British father.
Meanwhile, residents of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv have commented on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognize the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk as “utter nonsense”. A woman was quoted as saying by the news agency Reuters, “That shouldn’t happen because it’s our land, not theirs, not independent.” Another resident told Reuters: “I don’t know if I should be scared or not…I can’t believe what’s going on.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on Tuesday accused Russia of disturbing the peace and violating the nation’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Zelenskiy said Ukraine would not give up its land but was moving on a “peaceful and diplomatic path”.
Putin ordered the deployment of troops to “keep the peace” in the two breakaway regions. An emergency meeting of the UN Security Council was held to deliberate on the developments. The United States has also imposed sanctions, blocking trade and investment in the regions.