Ukraine weather forecaster taken off air for anti-government rant


Throwing caution to the wind, Ludmila Savchenko turned her forecast on Ukrainian National Radio last Thursday into an impromptu political statement, suggesting that the glorious weather the country was enjoying was compensation for “lawlessness and injustice.”

“One cannot remain indifferent to this beauty which is amplified by the tender scent of lilac and lily of the valley and the melodious trilling of the birds,” she waxed lyrical, describing the fine spring weather.

“(But) at times it seems that such wonderful days are a gift from nature to compensate us for the chaos, lawlessness and injustice which reigns in our country,” she added, shifting topic without warning.

“It is simply incomprehensible that anyone can dislike this paradise on earth, this country, and the Ukrainian people so much that they treat it so badly.”

Ukrainian National Radio, which is supervised by the government, swiftly retaliated by halting all live weather forecasts, demanding that they be pre-recorded in future to make sure that the embarrassing incident could not be repeated.