A multilingual journalist’s coverage of the Ukraine crisis — in six languages — made waves on social media on Monday.
In a video posted to Twitter, Philip Crowther, a journalist for The Associated Press, detailed the developing conflict with Russia, in Kyiv. He spoke to a number of news organizations around the world, in a number of languages — English, French, German, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Spanish — as Russia and Ukraine inched closer to war.
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) February 21, 2022
Crowther posted a montage of his work on Monday which went viral and accumulated more than 6.5 million views on Twitter alone on Tuesday.
Translations of Philip Crowther’s broadcasts
Spanish: Dos reuniones que va a mantener el presidente francés hoy en Moscú con el presidente ruso Vladímir Putin y mañana aquí en Kiev con el presidente Ucraniano Volodymyr Zelenskyj.
Portuguese: Moscovo brandiu o anúncio da retirada da terça-feira como prova de que os temores da Guerra foram fabricados por um ocidente hostil liderado pelos Estados Unidos.
French: A ce stade, la guerre semble probable, c’est aussi aussi simple que cela. Mais il y a encore cette petite lueur d’espoir que la diplomatie puisse arrêter une invasion russe de l’Ukraine.
German: Das ist genau das, was sie erwartet hatten. Diese Informationen, gefälschte Angriffe unter einem Vorwand für Russland in die Ukraine einzumarschieren. Aber alles ist sehr schwer, natürlich vor Ort zu überprüfen.
Social media set aflame with the polyglot’s work
Many commented on the multilingual journalist’s work, with many positive comments — including some marriage proposals.
And his French is impeccable (son français est irréprochable, son accent imperceptible, ce qui n'est pas une mince affaire pour les personnes parlant les langues germaniques!!!)
— Any Prevost (en isolement chez ses chats 😺😼😸) (@AnyPrevost) February 22, 2022
You know you'll have to submit it in all six languages though …
— Stevie Dallas (@medusa_dallas) February 22, 2022
Russia-Ukraine conflict inches towards war
The Russia-Ukraine conflict reached new heights, inching towards full-out war, after Russia recognized separatist areas in eastern Ukraine, including territory now held by Ukrainian forces, on Monday.
Russia’s recognition of the areas on Monday spurred the US and its allies to gear up for a fresh set of sanctions on Russia after it sent in forces it described euphemistically as “peacekeeping troops.”
Reuters’ footage of tanks moving through the separatist territories, specifically Donetsk, Ukraine, circulated on social media on Tuesday, but it is hard to determine for certain if they were Russian forces.
“Russian troops are on Ukrainian soil,” European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell stated today. It was not a “fully fledged invasion,” however, Borrell clarified.
Russia’s maneuverings were rebuked by several nations at a hastily convened meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Monday night.
The journalist’s other reportage
Polyglot journalist Crowther often shares clips of his multi-language coverage of various US and global news events. He covers a number of beats, including foreign policy and politics.
— Philip Crowther (@PhilipinDC) January 12, 2021
Who is Philip Crowther?
Philip Crowther, born in 1981, is a British-German-Luxembourgian journalist, who can speak fluently in French, Spanish, Portuguese, English, German, and Luxembourgish.
Born in Luxembourg to a British father and German mother, Crowther learned Spanish and Portuguese in college, studying at King’s College London where he graduated with Hispanic Studies.
Crowther is the White House correspondent for France 24, an international affiliate correspondent for The Associated Press, and is a member of the White House Correspondents’ Association.
Not the first time going viral
In 2021, Philip Crowther reported on the one-year anniversary of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in the US. He was reporting live, from the scene, when gunfire erupted.
Footage of this moment was shared around the world, going viral on social media and receiving widespread coverage on television.