A video that was lately shared on social media showing thousands of young people wearing “Putin's team” T-shirts and chanting pro-Russia slogans has gone viral. The footage was first released by Franak Viačorka, the senior adviser for a Belarusian human rights activist Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya.
Viačorka shared the video on Twitter and wrote: “I’d believe that in Russia support for the war against Ukraine is 70%. In this video, thousand young people in "Putin's team" T-shirts greet Putin.”
I’d believe that in Russia support for the war against 🇺🇦 is 70%. In this video, thousand young people in "Putin's team" T-shirts greet Putin.— Franak Viačorka (@franakviacorka) March 5, 2022
And in Belarus the situation is opposite. No support for the war. Polls show max 11%. Don’t put Belarus and Russia in the same basket pic.twitter.com/eDUQpEUpAH
He also claimed that in Belarus a poll revealed that non-supporters for the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the war accounted for about 11% only. The advisor urged the nation not to compare Russia and Belarus.
Various reactions were shared online about the video as some called that the young people were brainwashed by pro-Russian authorities. One person said: “Putin should start denazification by himself.”
While another person commented saying: “These people are not representative of the entire Russian population. Saying so breeds hatred.”
This is scary stuff https://t.co/VwgMTaX95e— Rupert's Mum #IStandWithBelarus#IStandWithUkraine (@Rupertsmum1953) March 6, 2022
On the other hand, since the declaration of invasion thousands of people have taken to the streets in Russia to protest their country's decision to start a war in Ukraine. A protest monitor said that at least 1,100 people were arrested during Sunday rallies across 35 cities.
After an 11-day war, the United Nations released a report that over 1.5 million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Invasion. According to the UN, the number of refugees is estimated to reach 4 million.
On February 24th, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine. So far, an estimated 351 civilians have been killed since the invasion.
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