Expressing their opposition to Putin's invasion of Ukraine, these women have urged the Russian leader to visit the frontlines and face the harsh realities experienced by his under-equipped troops.
The message recently was posted in the Telegram channel called The Way Home, a group formed by the wives and girlfriends of deployed Russian soldiers. The scathing message to Putin questioned the consequences of his leadership on the Russian people and imploring him to conclude his actions and engage in diplomatic negotiations.
The group criticized Putin's stance on not withdrawing troops from Ukraine, highlighting the significant human toll with an estimated 300,000 Russian soldiers killed or injured since the start of the conflict in February 2021.
The group questioned Putin's understanding of terms like "denazification" and "demilitarization," asserting that “every time you say these words, people die.”
They pleaded for peace and challenged Putin to experience the frontline horrors himself or, as a more realistic alternative, to cease the ongoing devastation that disproportionately affects ordinary Russians while he remains in his highly-secured home in Moscow.
Despite acknowledging the unlikely prospect of Putin leaving his secure residence, The Way Home criticized the cynicism of prioritizing political interests over the well-being of soldiers and the broader Russian population.
The group questioned the continuation of such actions, expressing concern about the relentless pursuit of this course until all young lives are lost.
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The Telegram channel also shared a heartfelt video message from Russian soldier Alexander Shpilevoy, 27, directly appealing to Putin to withdraw troops from Ukraine.
Shpilevoy denounced Russian propaganda depicting Ukrainian soldiers as expendable, asserting that this narrative mirrors the treatment of Russian forces by the Kremlin. His plea ended on a somber note, expressing doubt about the true goals of the war and the prospects for demilitarization in Ukraine.
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