An American anchor for the Moscow-funded Russia Today television network has resigned on air to protest Russian military's incursion in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.
RT anchor Liz Wahl said during a broadcast Wednesday she could no longer work for a network she says "whitewashes" the actions of Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
She said she is "proud to be an American" and believes in "disseminating the truth." She added that her grandparents came to United States as refugees during the Hungarian revolution to escape Soviet forces, and she considers herself "lucky" to have grown up in the United States.
Her resignation comes after U.S.-based RT host Abby Martin criticized the actions of pro-Russian military units on her show.
Russia Today has accused Wahl of a "self-promotional stunt." The company said the "usual course of action" for journalists is to address grievances with an editor and "quit like a professional" if the differences cannot be resolved.