Ukraine Crisis: ‘You Started This War, You Can Stop It,’ Arnold Schwarzenegger Tells Russian President Putin

Washington (USA): Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger shared an emotional nine-minute video on social media amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, urging Russian civilians and military members, in particular, to listen to the “truth”.

The former California governor said he wanted to dispel the information and urged Russia’s government, military and civilians to end the ongoing violence, Fox News reported.

“The strength and heart of the Russian people have always inspired me,” the 74-year-old said.

“So I hope you will tell me the truth about the war in Ukraine and what is happening there. No one likes to hear something critical of their government, I understand it. But as a longtime friend of the Russian people. As for I hope you will hear what I have to say,” he said.

Citing Yuri Petrovich Vlasov, a champion weightlifter from Russia, as one of his childhood idols, Schwarzenegger described how his father Gustav Schwarzenegger, a Nazi Party member who served in World War II, became enraged when He hung a picture of Vlasov in his room. ,

Schwarzenegger recalled, “My father told me to take the picture down and find a German or Austrian hero. But I didn’t take the picture, because it didn’t matter what flag Yuri Vlasov raised.” ”

In addition, Schwarzenegger rejected claims made by Russia that their invasion was aimed at “discrediting Ukraine”.

“The world has turned against Russia because of its actions in Ukraine. Russian bombings on innocent civilians have so outraged the world that your country has been subjected to the strongest global economic sanctions ever… This war Not like your grandfather or great-grandfather fought for the defense of Russia. This is an illegal war.”

“For soldiers who are hearing this, remember that 11 million Russians have family ties to Ukraine – so whatever you shoot, you shoot a brother or sister. To those in power in the Kremlin, I just want to ask you: why would you sacrifice these soldiers for your ambition? … To President Putin, I say: You started this war. You are leading this war. You are the one who is leading this war. can stop the war.”

The Russian military began military operations in Ukraine on 24 February, three days after Moscow recognized separate regions of Ukraine, Donetsk and Luhansk, as independent republics, followed by “demilitarization” and “denying” Ukraine. Announced for a “special military operation”.

First Published:March 18, 2022, 1:36 am

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