Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he wants to “remove Russia’s mistakes” in a message to the Russian people, saying: “Ukraine did not start this war.”
The 74-year-old actor posted a message aimed directly at the Russian people that “there are things going on in the world that are being kept by you, terrible things that you should know”.
The former bodybuilder said he has had nothing but “love and respect for the Russian people” since the age of 14 after meeting heroic bodybuilder Yuri Petrovich Vlasov and then spending a day with him on the set of Red Heat in Russia.
In a video posted on Twitter, he said: “Nobody likes to hear anything critical of their government, I understand that, but as a longtime friend of the Russian people, I hope I hope you will hear what I have to say.
“There are false moments like this and then we have to speak up.
“I know that your government has told you that this is a war to denuclearize Ukraine, which is not true.
“Ukraine is a country with a Jewish president whose three brothers were all murdered by the Nazis.
“You see, Ukraine did not start this war. So do nationalists or Nazis.
“The people in power in the Kremlin started this war. This is not the Russian people’s war.”
Schwarzenegger said he is speaking with the “same sincere concern” he spoke to the American people when there was an attempted uprising on January 6 last year during a hurricane on the US Capitol.
Sharing a video of the conflict in Ukraine, he added: “The world has turned against Russia because of its actions in Ukraine, entire city blocks have been leveled by Russian artillery and bombs. , including children’s hospitals and maternity hospitals”.
“It is a humanitarian crisis.
“You also must not tell the truth about the consequences of this war for Russia.
“I regret to tell you that thousands of Russian soldiers have lost their lives, caught between Ukrainians fighting for their homeland and the Russian leadership fighting for conquest.
“The Russian government lies not only to its citizens, but also to its soldiers.
“This is an illegal war, your life, your limbs are being sacrificed for a senseless war condemned by the whole world.”
Concluding his message, Schwarzenegger said that the Russians opposed to the conflict who had been “beaten and imprisoned” were his “new heroes” and “had the true heart of Russia”.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/movies/arnold-schwarzenegger-tells-truth-about-ukrainian-conflict-to-russian-people-41457944.html Arnold Schwarzenegger tells the ‘truth’ about the Ukraine conflict to the Russian people