Ros Atkins with an impressively straight face: 'Russia's claims about nazis in Ukraine are a mix of falsehoods and distortions. For a start Ukrainians are not being held hostage by nazis. Their president Vladimir Zelensky, he's Jewish, he has relatives who died in the holocaust and he's president because he won 73 per cent of the vote in 2019. The main far-right candidate reached 1.6 percent and that result is part of a broader shift. In the 2012 parliamentary election the main far-right party won 10 per cent. In 2014 it was 6 percent. In 2019 it was 2 per cent. No far-right groups have any formal political power in Ukraine and based on polling and results the far right's much less popular in Ukraine than, for example, the leader of the far-right in France, Marine le Pen.'
A perfect case study for how the BBC weathervane swings around according to the prevailing political moods of Westminster & Washington.