Vladimir Putin has been condemned for his invasion of Ukraine, with Russian sports stars, actors and pro-Kremlin world leaders all voicing their opposition to the war.
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Vladimir Putin has faced backlash at home and abroad after invading Ukraine, including from some of his most fervent supporters.
Hollywood director Oliver Stone is one of many celebrities who have supported autocrats in the Kremlin.
Mr. Stone tweeted: “Although in my conscience the US has many wars of aggression, that does not justify Mr. Putin’s aggressive actions in Ukraine. Dozens of mistakes don’t make things right. .. Russia was wrong to invade.”
Russian sports stars have also shared their opposition to the invasion, despite the risks that come with speaking out against Putin.
World leaders who previously supported the Kremlin, including North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, are also said to have split with Putin.
It comes as Ukrainian forces continue to fiercely resist the Russian invasion, with reports of morale among Putin’s soldiers very low.
Scores of Russian sports stars protest against Putin’s war, calling for an end to the conflict.
Tennis player Andrey Rublev wrote ‘Please no war’ on camera after winning a match in Dubai last month.
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Meanwhile, figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva said she hoped ‘it will all be over as soon as possible, like a bad dream’ in an Instagram story.
NHL ice hockey star Alex Ovechkin, who has been very supportive of Putin in the past, also begged ‘Please, no more wars’.
He told reporters: “I have a lot of friends in Russia and Ukraine and it is very difficult to see the war. I hope it will end soon and there will be peace in the whole world.
“Please, no more war. It doesn’t matter who is in the war, Russia, Ukraine, different countries. I think we live in a world, we have to live in peace.”
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World leaders and politicians
Former SNP leader Alex Salmond previously shared his admiration for Putin and had a show on the Kremlin’s state television Russia Today.
However, he has now suspended his program and says he will not continue until “peace is restored” in Ukraine.
Mr Kim Jong-un is said to have turned his back on Vladimir Putin, refusing to help him in his invasion because Russia was ‘too crazy’, it was claimed.
Meanwhile, Czech President Miloš Zeman supported Putin by condemning the attack on Ukraine.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, formerly a close ally of Putin, also joined the chorus of protest against the Russian attack.
In a similar move, Marine Le Pen, a far-right leader of France, tried to distance himself from Russian autocrats, calling the attack “gratuitous without caution”.
And former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, a past Putin supporter, criticized the military aggression against Ukraine and called for a “joint response from the allies”.
French actor Gerard Depardieu, who embraced his close friend Putin after receiving Russian citizenship, described the war as “fraternally hostile” and urged his friend to start negotiations.
Russian comedian Ivan Urgant, who has a late-night show on state TV, shared a black square on Instagram and wrote “Fear and pain. DO NOT LET WAR”.
Another comedian, Maxim Galkin, husband of singer Alla Pugacheva – Russia’s most famous person, also spoke out against the war.
He said, “I can’t find words to express how I feel! How could this be possible! There can be no justification for war! No war! ”
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Russia’s Channel 1 editor Marina Ovsyannikova stormed Live News TV with the banner ‘Ban War’.
She was fined 30,000 rubles or £214 for warning viewers not to believe the “propaganda” being broadcast.
Before storming the news, she pre-recorded a video where she apologized for her work on Russian state TV and blamed Putin for the war.
Meanwhile another journalist, Liliya Gildeyeva, has resigned from Gazprom-Media’s NTV channel.
She told blogger Ilya Varlamov: “At first I left, I was afraid they wouldn’t let me go, then I wrote my resignation.”
Channel 1 correspondent in Paris Zhanna Agalakova is said to have resigned.
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World number five chess player Yan Nepomniachtchi, from Russia, also shared the message of ‘say no to war’.
On the day of the Russian invasion, he tweeted: “History has seen many Black Thursdays. But today is darker than other days. #saynotowar. ”
One of Russia’s richest billionaires, Mikhail Fridman, has called for “an end to the bloodshed, while the famous test pilot Alexander Garnaev also attacked Ukraine.
Mr. Garnaev, who was honored as a Hero of the Russian Federation, said it was a war against “brother Slavic people”.
Liza Peskova, tdaughter of Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov, joined the protest against the war by sharing ‘no war’ images on social networks.
Beloved Russian singer Valery Meladze “begs” Russia to stop the conflict, while Eurovision star Svetlana Loboda added: “My heart is broken… God, stop it all! I’m just crying.”
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