The British leader spoke directly to a Russian citizen for the second time since the conflict with Ukraine began
Russian people “Deserving of the truth” about Ukraine and should use a virtual private network to “Access independent information from anywhere in the world” British Prime Minister said in a speech on Tuesday.
Boris Johnson delivered part of the speech in Russian. He called on the Russian people to believe in Kiev’s accusations against Russia and be appalled by them as “world.”
“Your President is accused of war crimes,” one of the parts delivered in Russian said. “But I can’t believe he’s acting in your name.”
Johnson mentioned images from Ukrainian cities, including Bucha, which Kiev claims are evidence of atrocities perpetrated by the Russian military. Moscow denies the accusations and says the Ukrainian government is manipulating public opinion with staged brutal scenes, which it says are fake Russian soldiers.
The British Prime Minister expressed no doubt that the Russian military committed the crimes as charged and said the crimes were “A stain on the honor of Russia itself.” He urged the Russian people to share the claims of war crimes in Ukraine, saying “History will remember who looked the other way.”
This is not the first time Johnson has addressed the Russian people directly since hostilities in Ukraine began in late February. Johnson told the Russians in their own language that “I don’t believe this war is on your behalf.” The speech was posted on Russian social media by the Government Information Service, a British government. “Anti-Propaganda” unit.
Russia called for an urgent UN Security Council meeting after Kiev voiced accusations of war crimes in Bucha. Britain, the current chairman of the top international security agency, declined to do so on Monday and instead scheduled it for Tuesday.
During the meeting, the sides exchanged accusations, while neutral countries such as China said a thorough investigation was needed before assigning responsibility.
Moscow attacked its neighbor in late February, after Ukraine failed to live up to the terms of the Minsk agreement signed in 2014 and Russia’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. The German and French brokerage protocols were designed to formalize the status of those regions within the state of Ukraine.
Russia has now demanded that Ukraine officially declare itself a neutral country and will never join the US-led NATO military bloc. Kiev insists the Russian attack is completely unprovoked and denies claims it is planning to retake the two republics by force.
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