Putin Vows to ‘Spit Out’ All ‘Scum and Traitors’
Putin went on television to excoriate Russians who don’t back him
Russian President Vladimir Putin called for a “self-purification” to rid his country of anyone who is questioning his strategy of invading Ukraine.
Ukraine’s foreign ministry blasted Russia's bombardment of a theater, which had become a makeshift shelter as combat tore across the port city over the past three weeks and made thousands homeless.
The pavement in front of and behind the once-elegant theatre was marked with huge white letters spelling out “CHILDREN” in Russian, according to images released by the Maxar space technology company.
🔻— Russian Embassy in USA 🇷🇺 (@RusEmbUSA) March 17, 2022
There is an ongoing disinformation campaign in the 🇺🇸 media about the situation in 🇺🇦. Yet another example is a fake news circulating in the local press about the alleged involvement of the 🇷🇺 Armed Forces in the attack on the #Mariupol drama theater
“My heart breaks from what Russia is doing to our people,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said Wednesday night.
But the Russian defence ministry denied bombing the theater or anywhere else in Mariupol.
As Brietbart reported:
Six nations have called for a UN Security Council meeting on Ukraine on Thursday afternoon, ahead of an expected vote Friday on a Russian resolution demanding protection for Ukrainian civilians “in vulnerable situations,” yet making no mention of Moscow’s responsibility for the war.
“Russia is committing war crimes and targeting civilians,” Britain’s UN Mission tweeted, announcing the call for the meeting that was joined by the U.S., France, and others.
“Russia’s illegal war on Ukraine is a threat to us all.”
Russian attacks have battered cities and villages across large parts of Ukraine, including the capital, Kyiv, where residents have been huddling in homes and shelters.
A fire broke out in a Kyiv apartment building early Thursday after it was hit by the remnants of a downed Russian rocket, killing one person and injuring at least three others, according to emergency services.
Firefighters evacuated 30 people from the top floors of the 16-story building and extinguished the blaze within an hour.
Putin went on television to excoriate Russians who don’t back him, even as both sides expressed optimism over efforts to negotiate an end to the fighting.
Russians “will always be able to distinguish true patriots from scum and traitors and will simply spit them out like a gnat that accidentally flew into their mouths,” he said.
“I am convinced that such a natural and necessary self-purification of society will only strengthen our country.”
He said the West is using a “fifth column” of traitorous Russians to create civil unrest.
“And there is only one goal, I have already spoken about it — the destruction of Russia,” he said.
The speech appeared to be a warning that his authoritarian rule, which had already grown tighter since the invasion began on Feb. 24, shutting down Russian news outlets and arresting protesters, could grow even more repressive.
As Neon Nettle reported:
Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky has predicted that his nation will defeat Vladimir Putin’s invading Russian forces.
In an address early Tuesday, Zelensky offered Russian soldiers a “chance to survive” in Ukraine by surrendering.
“The 19th day of our resistance is over,” Zelensky began, according to his presidential office.
“Another difficult day, which is still approaching our victory,” he added.
“Approaching peace for Ukraine.”