More than 100 deputies from different regions of Russia have signed an open letter to the country’s citizens and disapproved the military conflict between Russia and Ukraine. On February 24, President Vladimir Putin announced launching a special military operation against the neighboring state. Novaya Gazeta reported this.
Municipal deputies from Russian regions have published an open letter to the citizens of the country. They condemned the "attack of the Russian army on Ukraine" - a military special operation, the beginning of which was announced by President Vladimir Putin on February 24. They are convinced that "the citizens did not give him such a mandate." More than 100 deputies from Moscow, St. Petersburg, Mari El, Volgograd, Samara, Novgorod, Ryazan and Tula Oblasts have signed the letter.
"The war with Ukraine will lead to catastrophic consequences. Thousands of people will die, be injured and crippled; cities of the land dear to many Russians will be destroyed. Our country is facing the world community's condemnation, isolation, rising prices and poverty. Hopes for a good life in Russia are being crushed before our eyes," the deputies wrote.
They called on citizens not to participate in aggression against Ukraine and reminded that "only mass popular condemnation could stop the war."
Early on February 24, 2022, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the beginning of a "special operation" in Ukraine and the urge to "demilitarize the country." There were explosions in several cities of Ukraine at about 5 a. m. President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky has declared martial law in the country and severed diplomatic relations with Russia.