Zelensky, British Ministry Of Defense, U.S. Administration discussed on TIME's Top Stories

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These efforts to publicize Russian soldiers whereabouts have grimly contrasted with previous reports confirmed by the British Ministry of Defense, that Russia has prepared mobile crematoriums to use in the conflict. If I was a soldier, and knew that my generals had so little faith in me that they followed me around the battlefield with a mobile crematorium, or I was the mother or father of a son, potentially deployed into a combat zone, and my government thought that the way to cover up losses was a mobile crematorium, I'd be deeply deeply worried. British defense secretary Ben Wallace told the telegraph. Western officials have similarly adopted pointed rhetoric when referring to the conflict, placing it squarely on one man's shoulders, and a call with reporters on February 26th, a U.S. administration official repeatedly referred to the conflict as Putin's war of choice. When European Commission president Ursula von der leyen announced a new round of crippling economic measures the following day, she also called it Putin's war, and president Joe Biden's address to the nation on February 24th. He also spoke directly to Russians. To the citizens of Russia, you are not our enemy, he said. And I don't believe you want a bloody destructive war against Ukraine. This tone was set by zelensky himself, who in a televised speech on the eve of the invasion spoke directly to the Russian people in their own language. They're telling you that this flame will liberate the people of Ukraine, but the Ukrainian people are free, zelensky said. Ukraine on your TV news and the real Ukraine are two totally different countries. Do Russians want war? I would like to answer that question, but the answer depends only on you. It's unclear what impact these efforts will have, there are indications that morale is sagging among Russian troops on the ground, with some surrendering without a fight, and many running out of fuel and food, a senior U.S. defense official said Tuesday. But the Russian government is still fighting to control the narrative. It has throttled access to Facebook, blocked websites set up by the Ukrainian government, and reportedly ordered media outlets not to use words like attack, invasion, and war. On Tuesday, Moscow moved further to stem the spread of what they called deliberately false information about its invasion of Ukraine, blocking in Russia an independent TV channel and a liberal radio station, and even threatening to block Wikipedia there. Despite those measures, there are signs that the invasion is growing more unpopular, especially with the Russian economy facing catastrophic consequences. And rare and often risky shows of descent, Russian anti war protesters have demonstrated across the country, according to the Russian monitoring group, info. Almost 6000 of them have been arrested. For now, with negotiations stalled and mounting casualties on both sides. It's clear that Ukrainian officials intend to keep trying to get through. Asked if he had a message for Russian soldiers on Sunday. Kyiv mayor vitali Klitschko told the camera, go back home. You have nothing to find here..

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