‘Iron Princess of Crimea’ fired by Vladimir Putin after criticizing Russian war – World News

Ukrainian Natalia Poklonskaya, who was appointed Crimea’s prosecutor general in 2014, strongly supported the annexation of Crimea but had described Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine as a disaster

Natalia Poklonskaya
Natalia Poklonskaya was appointed Prosecutor General of Crimea in 2014

A Ukrainian official who switched sides when Russia annexed Crimea was fired by Vladimir Putin after criticizing his war and the “Z” symbol.

Dubbed the “Iron Princess of Crimea,” Natalia Poklonskaya was appointed Crimean Prosecutor General in 2014 at the age of 33, and then became a loyalist deputy in Moscow.

She was ready to become Russian ambassador but was instead appointed to Rossotrudnichestvo, the body that tries to protest for Russian rights abroad.

Poklonskaya strongly supported the annexation of Crimea but had called Putin’s invasion of Ukraine a “disaster”.

She openly opposed the bombing of Kiev and other major cities, saying that the letter “Z,” used by the military, symbolized sadness and tragedy.

She was called the “Iron Princess of Crimea”.


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In an impassioned critique of the war, she said: “People are dying, houses and entire cities are being destroyed [leaving] million refugees.

“Bodies and souls are mutilated. My heart bursts with pain.

“My two home countries kill each other, I didn’t and don’t want that.”

She warned that Ukrainians “would not greet Russia with flowers,” as some senior Kremlin officials believed, noting that Putin’s troops are “dying” in large numbers.

She said the letter Z symbolizes tragedy and sadness for both Russia and Ukraine.

She warned, “It’s dangerous to worship any symbol blindly—history doesn’t like it.”

“All the politicians and diplomats who failed to resolve the conflict peacefully and allowed any military operation cannot be called heroes.”

Poklonskaya said Putin fired her after just four months in her last role


Natalia Poklonskaya /east2west news)

She became a popular politician in Russia


Natalia Poklonskaya /east2west news)

Poklonskaya became a popular politician in Russia, who opposed Ukraine’s entry into the European Union.

According to Ukrayinska Pravda, she is wanted in Ukraine for treason.

Despite being cut from a job she started in February, she was certain that Russian President Vladimir Putin would put aside her harsh criticism and appoint her to another official post.

Poklonskaya said Putin fired her after just four months in her last role, but said her exit was so she could take a new job.

She said the decree did not list an explicit reason for her dismissal, but the timing has led many to believe it was related to her comments on the invasion.

“Vladimir Putin signed a decree on my dismissal from the post of deputy head of Rossotrudnichestvo,” she said.

But this was “in connection with my transfer to another job,” she claimed.

Despite all the criticism, she said: “I am grateful to our President for his support and trust.”

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