“I have no moral right to ask Ukrainians for forgiveness. I can’t forgive myself, so I can’t expect them to forgive me.” A former Russian army officer tells us about crimes he says he saw Russian soldiers committing in Ukraine, including torture & looting. Producer @BBCWillVernon https://t.co/vNDOjKGpBW
The anti-Western rhetoric is off the scale here. Russian TV’s Solovyov tonight on his talk show: “The Fourth Reich has declared war on Russia…they’re supplying [Ukraine] with tanks. Who can possibly deny that after this Berlin is a legitimate target?” https://t.co/5BWCuTPrgQ
Mixed messages from Russia. On the one hand state TV lists “vulnerable spots”of the US Abrams tanks and Kremlin says don’t overestimate the difference tank deliveries to Ukraine will make. But other Russian officials warn of “dangerous” situation & “new level of confrontation.” https://t.co/FXgwhgVj0u
While the headlines today are about western battle tanks to Ukraine, here’s an important development from inside Russia: a Moscow court has ordered the shutting down of Moscow Helsinki Group, Russia’s oldest human rights organisation.
11 months after Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Russian state TV opens its Sunday news review with the words “Certain of Victory.” https://t.co/oh04KxOaU0
A singer crooning “I’m Russian & I will go all the way”; war correspondents holding champagne glasses. Not normal TV fare for a New Year’s night in Russia. But ‘normal’ disappeared when Russia invaded Ukraine. My New Year impressions. https://t.co/Emx41ML5eE