Russian mothers accuse Putin of using their sons as ‘cannon fodder’ during Ukraine invasion: report

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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.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has tried to silence non-state media. (Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)
(Yuri Kochetkov/Pool Photo via AP)

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.

A cultural and community center, which locals say was destroyed by recent shelling, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, in Byshiv settlement in Kyiv region, Ukraine March 4, 2022.

A cultural and community center, which locals say was destroyed by recent shelling, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, in Byshiv settlement in Kyiv region, Ukraine March 4, 2022.
(REUTERS/Maksim Levine)

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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?”

Destroyed buildings are seen on March 3, 2022 in Irpin, Ukraine.

Destroyed buildings are seen on March 3, 2022 in Irpin, Ukraine.
(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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.”

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