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Families of Russian troops appeal to Putin over his ‘criminal’ war

Families of Russian troops appeal to Putin over his 'criminal' war

More than 100 families of Send Russian soldiers to Ukraine The Russian Defense Ministry recalled in an appeal submitted directly to the Kremlin on Tuesday.

This is according to Radio Free Europe Russian Service In the northwest part of the country, which obtained a copy of the written appeal and spoke with the concerned family members.

“We demand that our loved ones be found and added to the lists of missing prisoners of war,” reads the appeal, signed by 106 people. The letter went on to demand a meeting with Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and an accusation Russian Ministry of Defense From “blocking” efforts to change the mode Soldiers who are lostaffecting whether efforts are made to return them home.

The families accused the Department of Defense of feeding them lies about the whereabouts of their loved ones, with military officials giving reassurances that the men were alive, only for other officials to announce a few hours later that they were indeed dead.

On April 3 I received a message from the other side (Ukraine) that he had been killed. They (the Russian soldiers) didn’t have phones or documents with them. I immediately called the military base. I said that I was informed that my husband died, and they replied: No, no, no, do not worry. They are already pulling them. Then on the fourth day, the deputy political officer called and said, “He was burned to death, there is nothing to collect,” Anna Danilova was quoted telling the news outlet about her search for her husband of 47 years.

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She said she spent several days exchanging messages with a person who identified himself as a member of the Ukrainian army, who told her that her husband had survived and was being treated in hospital.

But she said efforts to “get someone out” on the Russian side to help secure her husband’s return had proved unsuccessful.

They tell me: prove that he is a prisoner. I know they transferred him on 1 June from the hospital. I wouldn’t say in which city the hospital is, I’m afraid for that doctor. I’m afraid to do this interview, but what should I do? If this is a criminal offense, I’ll take the time, just give me back my husband.”

Irina Chistyakova, a mother who was one of the authors of the appeal to Vladimir Putin, said that Russian military officials gave her three contradictory accounts of what happened to her 19-year-old son: that he was alive and still participating in the war, and that he was detained before Ukrainians, and that he was killed.

“In early June, the Commissioner for Human Rights Tatiana Moskalkova received a reply from the Ministry of Defense, that my son is alive and that he is being held illegally by the Ukrainian side. How did he get there, and what does the word “illegally” mean? Chistyakova was quoted as saying : “It ended up illegally in Ukraine.

“He was sent there on the criminal order of the leaders and under false pretenses. It was [supposed to be] On the border with Ukraine, not across the border. She added that she had faced threats to raise the alarm about Russia’s treatment of its forces.

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My life is in danger, and that danger comes directly from the army. Colonel said to me: Military men are psychics, if I press on this, something irreparable will happen, … I answered that this is my son and that intimidating me with a bullet to the head is stupid. The colonel replied that he did not frighten me, but warned me that the military men were insane. ”

Larisa, the mother of another soldier who disappeared in Ukraine, told news outlets that she was also threatened by their demand for answers from the authorities: “They called me from the FSB. [Federal Security Service] And he said: Shut up!

All the families said the Russian Defense Ministry made no effort to help them, something Chistyakova said demonstrates “the indifference of the authorities all the way from the president to the municipal authorities.”

The appeal comes after Ukrainian authorities have repeatedly said that the Russians are refusing to collect the bodies of their soldiers, presumably in an effort to keep the staggering death toll a secret. The latest death toll was announced at the Russian Defense Ministry in March, when officials said only 1,351 soldiers had been killed. Russian media later received orders not to publish any information about troop deaths, according to local reports from early July.

Instead, the Kremlin’s propaganda machine has gone to extremes to sell the war against Ukraine as a source of pride for ordinary Russians, with state-run television broadcasting section Last week about the shiny new Lada that a man was able to buy thanks to the compensation money he received for the death of his son in Ukraine.

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