In a surprise move, a collection of Russian legislators living in the “Far Eastern region of Primorye” made a demand.” They wrote that their President Vladimir Putin withdraw from his military invasion of eastern Ukrainian and remove “all troops from the country, according to Radio Free Europe.
He read to “The regional Legislative Assembly” from the prepared statement which said that Russian troops were suffering significant losses in Ukraine. It continued indicating that there was no way to get success by military means:
‘We understand that if our country does not stop the military operation, there will be more orphans in the country. During the military operation, young men are dying or becoming disabled, while they could be very useful for our country.’
Vasyukevich said that the statement was signed by him and his colleagues Gennady Shulga, Natalya Kochugova, and Aleksandr Sustov.
The region’s governor, Oleg Kozhemyako, who was at the session, ordered Vasyukevich and Shulga, who vocally supported the statement, to be removed from the premises.
Klozhemyako said to Vasyukevic:
‘The action defames the Russian Army and our defenders who are fighting against Nazism. You are a traitor.’
Then, the legislators kept Vasyukevich and Shulga from taking the floor at the session. The leader of the Communist lawmakers, Anatoly Dolgachyov, said the deputies’ actions will have “very severe repercussions.”
Sustov spoke to Radio Free Europe:
‘[M]y personal thoughts about the special military operation [in Ukraine,] but I did not sign the statement.’
Russia attacked Ukraine on February 24, but he was surprised at the Ukrainians’ tenacity. It seemed that “thousands of Russian soldiers have died during the war,” thus far according to Ukraine and western countries. The Russian Defense Ministry claimed that by March 25, 1,351 Russian soldiers had been killed.
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