June 26, 2022

KEY POINTS

  • Some Ukrainians residing in Russia consider Putin is releasing Ukraine from ‘drug-addled Nazi’ President Volodymyr Zelensky
  • Some additionally consider Russia is just hanging navy infrastructure in Ukraine
  • Russia has banned anybody from reporting its invasion and bombing of Ukraine

Some Ukrainians residing in Russia have dismissed reviews that Russian troops have launched a warfare in Ukraine and are, as an alternative, believing claims that Kremlin is “de-Nazifying” the nation. 

Misha Katsurin, a 33-year-old Ukrainian restaurateur, as soon as referred to as his father, a church custodian residing within the Russian metropolis of Nizhny Novgorod, to tell him that Moscow has launched an assault in opposition to Ukraine. 

“I’m attempting to evacuate my kids and my spouse — all the things is extraordinarily scary,” Katsurin instructed his father, Andrei. 

Nevertheless, as an alternative of displaying concern, Andrei dismissed the assaults, Katsurin instructed The New York Occasions. He mentioned that his father argued that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military had performed a particular navy operation to free Ukrainian folks from its president, Volodymyr Zelensky, who Kremlin has painted as a “drug-addled Nazi.”

Valentyna Kremyr, a Ukrainian, wrote to her siblings in Russia to inform them in regards to the intense preventing and bombing in Ukraine. Nevertheless, her siblings mentioned the Russians are solely hanging navy infrastructure.

“Nobody is bombing Kyiv, and you need to really be afraid of the Nazis, whom your father fought in opposition to. Your kids can be alive and wholesome. We love the Ukrainian folks, however you could suppose arduous about who you elected as president,” Kremyr’s siblings mentioned, she instructed The Occasions.

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Kristina Nikolayeva, one other Ukrainian, had additionally obtained a name from a member of the family residing in Russia who mentioned he was becoming a member of the Russian military in its assault on Ukraine. Whereas her uncle didn’t totally consider Putin’s declare of Nazis in Ukraine, Nikolayeva instructed The Enterprise Insider that he was “very enthusiastic” about Ukraine’s present scenario. 

Since Putin first introduced the invasion of Ukraine, Russia has handed a legislation that will punish anybody for reporting on its invasion of Ukraine. Russian tv channels have additionally been banned from displaying Moscow’s bombing of Kyiv, its assaults on different Ukrainian cities and peaceable protests in opposition to the warfare cropping up in Ukraine and throughout Russia.

The legislation additionally permits Russian authorities to punish anybody who helps the sanctions in opposition to Moscow or those that urge Putin to finish the warfare in Ukraine. Penalties for such actions embrace serving time of as much as 15 years and fines of as much as 5 million rubles or $45,000.

Russia continues to squeeze the free stream of knowledge on-line by banning social media platforms Fb and Twitter final Friday, citing “discrimination” as a motive, in line with communications regulator Roskomnadzor. 

As of Tuesday, at the very least 474 civilians, together with 29 kids, have been killed in Ukraine for the reason that battle started on Feb. 24. Not less than 861 civilians have been wounded within the assaults, the United Nations’ human rights workplace mentioned. Nevertheless, they famous that the true toll may very well be a lot larger than reported.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has confronted widespread criticism for invading Ukraine, is a annoyed and harmful chief who feels aggrieved over the West, US intelligence officers say Photograph: SPUTNIK by way of AFP / Sergei GUNEYEV

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