Zelensky calls on Russians to remain silent on war in Ukraine

The war of Russian aggression in Ukraine is quickly approaching the half-year mark, and the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky Used his Sunday night national address to call out Russians who have been silent on their stance.

Zelensky said Russians in Russia and abroad support “evil” by refusing to speak out against the war.

Zelensky said, “When evil reaches such proportions, the silence of the people reaches the level of complicity. And the refusal to really fight against evil becomes a help to him.” “Therefore, if you have Russian citizenship and you are silent, it means you are not fighting, which means you are supporting it.

“No matter where you are – both in Russia and abroad – your voice should be in support of Ukraine, and therefore against this war.”

Volodymyr Zelensky
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky attends the ceremony of awarding orders and other state awards to soldiers and family members of martyred soldiers on the occasion of Air Force of Ukraine Day on August 7, 2022.
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This may be easier said than done, however, as many Russian citizens have been jailed in their home country for speaking out against the war.

In March, the Russian Parliament passed a law Which criminalized any “fake news” distribution of Russia. President of Russia Vladimir Putin The bill was quickly signed into law. Anyone prosecuted under the law can be jailed for up to 15 years.

“If you say anything about the military being guilty of anything, they will try to destroy you,” said social media personality Michael Nake, who could face a maximum of 10 years upon his return to Russia.

Russia began building up troops on Ukraine’s northern and western borders in late January, and they began attacking Ukraine on February 24, 2022. Since then, there have been heavy casualties on both sides. This includes Ukrainian civilians, foreign fighters, the Ukrainian military and about 43,000 Russians.

Russia failed to overtake Kyiv, Lviv and Odessa, but they captured several areas in the eastern part of Ukraine. Russia occupies most of the Donbass Oblast, including Luhansk, Severodonetsk, Donetsk and Mariupol. They annexed the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

Russia also occupied the major southern cities of Kherson and Melitopol, moving towards the southwestern Transnistria region near the Odessa and Moldova border.

Ukraine has recently found success using the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) as a defensive way to eliminate Russian weapons systems.

According to Pravda.com, during War Day 172, Ukraine has achieved the following:

43,500 – Russians killed in battle
1,000 — Approximate number of prisoners of war
15 ships and boats destroyed
233 – Airplane destroyed
194 – Helicopters destroyed
980 – Artillery System Destroyed
6,000 – Tank destroyed
3,039 – Russian vehicles destroyed
784 – Attack drone shot down

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