Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called American journalist Tom Rogan to express support for a provocative article in which Rogan urged Ukraine to blow up a newly constructed bridge linking the Crimea peninsula with mainland Russia.
According to Rogan’s statement on Twitter, Klimkin told him that the Ukrainian people supported his piece and that Ukraine would help him deal with any consequences or backlash from Russia.
In a Washington Examiner magazine op-ed published on Tuesday, Tom Rogan called on the Ukrainian government to “launch air strikes” and “destroy elements” of the Crimea Bridge.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Investigative Committee has launched a criminal case against the journalist.
“The investigation has detected signs of public incitement to terrorist activity in the territory of the Russian Federation,” the Investigative Committee said in an online statement on Thursday in reference to Tom Rogan’s article.
The publication’s editor will also be subject to a “pre-investigation probe” for publishing Rogan’s commentary, an Investigative Committee spokesperson said.
Earlier, the Russian Embassy in the U.S. said the piece was “outside the boundaries of journalist ethics,” while the Kremlin’s spokesperson called on law enforcement agencies to investigate the article, the RBC business portal reported.
This news brief contains material from The Moscow Times.