“We understand that if our country does not stop the special operation, there will be even more orphans,” Vasyukevich said.
A Russian politician broke ranks when he publicly called on President Vladimir Putin to stop the war in Ukraine and immediately withdraw the troops, according to a report, the New York Post reports, the independent Russian-language news side MediaZone.
Leonid Vasyukevich, a member of Russia’s Communist Party (CPRF), was ejected from the Legislative Assembly of Primorsky Krai in the east of the country and threatened with “harsh measures” for speaking out against the war in a rare show of dissent on Friday.
In a video from the meeting that was shared on Russian news and social media sites, Vasyukevich stood up and declared that he was speaking on behalf of four members of his party.
He began by referring to a recent vote in support of families of soldiers who had been killed during the three-month war in Ukraine, which is officially known in Russian as a “special military operation.”
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