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Furious Russian mothers have accused President Vladimir Putin of using their sons as “cannon fodder” for his invasion of Ukraine, according to recent video in which they shouted at a regional governor.
The video surfaced on Monday, the same day Russian police arrested around 4,500 anti-war protesters, according to The Telegraph.
“We were all deceived, all deceived. They were sent there as cannon fodder,” a woman shouted at Sergey Tsivilev, governor of the Kuzbass region in Siberia. “They are young. They weren’t prepared.”
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Tsivilev reportedly confronted the mothers in a school gymnasium as the irate women berated him and accused Putin’s government of lies.
As The Telegraph notes, it remains unclear whether the sons of the screaming women were killed in Ukraine.
Tsivilev tried to portray Putin’s invasion as a “special operation” and not a war, but was hated.
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“This is a special operation and, at this time, no one can comment on the special operation,” he said. “These guys were used…”
“Used!” interrupted a woman. “So our children were used?”
Russian soldiers who were interrogated after being captured reportedly felt like they were undergoing military drill before learning they were taking part in a full-scale invasion.
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Alexey, a 36-year-old public relations executive who protested in Novosibirsk, Siberia, told The Telegraph: “Yes, it’s scary, but you have to try not to be scared,” according to The Telegraph. “But what is happening now in Ukraine is just a disaster, a horror.”