Chris Cuomo claims he is acting as a free agent and wants America to pay attention to the conflict
Chris Cuomo, who was fired from CNN last December after revelations that he improperly helped his brother Andrew, the former governor of New York, fight sexual harassment allegations, released several videos from Ukraine on Monday. He called himself a free agent reporting from the front lines.
“What’s happening in Ukraine right now is bad, and America should pay much more attention to it,” he wrote in an Instagram post that included the footage. He said the video “should be on all screens.”
Cuomo, seen in one video wearing a helmet and aviator sunglasses as he walks against a backdrop of destroyed buildings and Ukrainian military personnel, said there was a lack of coverage of the conflict “here.” He used the hashtags #FreeAgent and #FreeAgentCC to appear to claim his reporting was independent.
Another video showed what appeared to be an American-made HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system. Washington supplied Ukraine with several such systems to fight against Russia. The former CNN anchor compared Ukraine’s struggle against Russia to the war of independence of the American colonists in 1776 against their British masters.
In late June, Cuomo interrupted a seven-month hiatus from Instagram — after being fired from CNN — to post images from Ukraine. Among them were the aftermath of what he called Russian attacks on civilian targets, an interview with a Ukrainian militant and a photograph of himself with a worried expression on his face. He also offered a teaser that “something will happen” in the summer of 2022.
Another famous American TV personality, Malcolm Nance, followed a similar path that leads to the battlefields of Ukraine. In April, the MSNBC host announced his retirement from the TV channel and enlisted in the ranks of the Ukrainian forces.
“I’m done talking,” he said in an interview with his former co-worker Joy Reid, during which he was dressed in uniform and clutching a rifle to his chest.
Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, referring to Kiev’s failure to comply with the Minsk agreements, which provide for the granting of a special status to the Donetsk and Luhansk regions within the Ukrainian state. Protocols mediated by Germany and France were first signed in 2014. Since then, former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has admitted that Kiev’s main goal was to use the truce to buy time and “build a powerful armed force.”
In February 2022, the Kremlin recognized the Donbas republics as independent states and demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country that will never join any Western military bloc. Kyiv insists that the Russian offensive was absolutely unprovoked.