Furious Russians turn on Vladimir Putin and say war has humiliated them

A series of interviews with people on the streets of Moscow suggest that public opinion is beginning to turn against Vladimir Putin due to his invasion of Ukraine.

Russians made their feelings know to Radio Free Europe, with many talking of a looming crisis in the country, reports The Express.

One citizen also admitted that they could see no gains in the war, saying: "I only see losses."

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A young woman responded: "Everyone is scared. My friends are scared of mobilisation. They are hiding or leaving the country."

Another Russian youth added: "There have been sanctions, and some brands have left the country.

"At some point, it will cause a crisis here. It'll hit Russia harder than other countries."

A Russian military veteran, who fought in Chechnya, complained about the treatment of soldiers: "What did I get in return? A pension of $50 per month. How is that okay?"

A middle-aged man told Radio Free Europe: "Russia has lost the lives of its soldiers. What has it gained? For me personally, losses outweigh any gains."

Another man echoed this sentiment: "Russia has lost its friends and reputation."

As the majority of those interviewed criticised the war, one man summed it up: "Russia has gained nothing at all.

"The grief of mothers, young people dying on both sides. Lots of civilians have been killed."

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However, two of those featured in the interviews were supportive of President Putin's efforts.

The two elderly women said that Russia "had to do it" and claimed President Putin had "already won".

A few people refused to discuss the so-called "special military operation", due to a potential crackdown from the Kremlin, with one saying: "I can't discuss that, as you know too well".

This comes as Western allies agreed to a cap on the price of Russian oil, in a bid to restrict Russia's revenues for its war in Ukraine.

The cap, approved on Friday, is aimed at stopping countries from paying more than $60 (£48) for a barrel of seaborne Russian crude oil.

Meanwhile, on the battlefield, the head of the Luhansk region Serhiy Haidai confirmed that the Ukrainian army had recaptured 13 settlements in the region.


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