By Wednesday night, every major city in Ukraine was under attack as Russian bombs targeted Kharkiv, Odesa, Kramatorsk, and Kyiv. According to Daily Kos, several Ukrainian government websites were also taken down in a series of cyberattacks, in addition to many news organizations and media outlets. As Russia works to take over Ukraine, the country’s citizens are not all in favor of Putin’s actions and cry for war.
Citizens across the country are risking their lives working in resistance, advocating against the war. A poll released Thursday by the Levada Center, an independent Russian organization, found that only 45% of Russians favored the move to advance into Ukraine, The Guardian reported. A majority were against any violence toward another country.
“Today something happened that should have never happened. History will be the judge of these events. But today, I beg you, please stop the war,” Valery Meladze, the ountry’s most beloved singer, said in an emotional video in which he “begged” Russia to stop the war.
As Ukraine has advised an estimated 3 million citizens living in Russia to leave the country immediately, Ukrainians in Moscow are in a state of distress.
“I am embarrassed for my country. To be honest with you, I am speechless. War is always scary. We don’t want this,” Nikita Golubev, a 30-year old teacher, told The Guardian. “Why are we doing this?” he added.
People are not only expressing their opposition to the war on social media, but also taking action on the streets. “I didn’t think Putin would be willing to go all the way. How can we bomb Ukraine? Our countries have their disagreements, but this is not a way to solve them,” Muscovite Ksenia told The Guardian.
As misinformation is on the rise, some verified resources are included here with confirmed information about the events in both Russia and Ukraine.
Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian opposition politician: “This is not Russia’s war. This is not our war. This is yet another adventure by the bloodthirsty and deranged Kremlin dictator by the name of Vladimir Putin.” pic.twitter.com/p8RWlvpNqV
Anti-war solo pickets like this are popping up in cities across Russia. It’s not much but they’re arrested almost immediately, often upon leaving their homes when the cops know to expect them. Here’s Sofya Rusova, co-chair of Russia’s Trade Union of Journalists. pic.twitter.com/5NVqdGyhFy
According to Rothrock, the woman’s sign reads: “War with Ukraine is Russia’s disgrace.”
Right now, Putin is plunging Europe into its darkest time since 1939. Any government hoping to sit this out is naïve. Don’t repeat mistakes of the past. Hit Russia with severe sanctions now. Help Ukraine with military and financial support. Together we can #StopRussianAggression.
Police on the streets of Moscow, Russia tonight. A protest has been called against Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. It is unsanctioned and police are clearly ready to use force against protesters. pic.twitter.com/xsqOpA3rhQ
A view of the protest in central Moscow this evening. Thousands across the country are risking serious repercussions to protest Putin’s attack on Ukraine. More than 850 people detained so far. pic.twitter.com/KHog0Acbir
Russia’s interior ministry tells TV viewers to “refrain from unsanctioned protests” & or they’ll be “arrested & brought to responsibility.”
That’s because there are “coronavirus restrictions, including on public events.”
Not because of calls to protest the war or anything pic.twitter.com/fuKDsso2eQ
Pushkin Square, maybe less than 1000 meters from Red Square and the Kremlin, is the cite of a significant protest. These people know the risks of challenging the regime. They’re on the street in-spite of major personal costs. pic.twitter.com/bYEfbO91xG