The Russian president met for the first time the mothers of soldiers deployed in Ukraine, while some questioned Vladimir Putin to hear from them.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said this Friday, during a meeting with mothers of soldiers deployed in Ukraine, “to share the pain” of those who lost their sons, calling on them not to believe the “lies” on the military operation.
A Mother’s Day Sunday marked by “concern”
“I want you to know that I, personally, all the leaders of the country, we share this pain. We know that nothing can replace the loss of a son”, declared Vladimir Putin, the mine serious.
He added that Mother’s Day, celebrated on Sunday in Russia, would be marked this year by “a feeling of anxiety and concern”, among the women concerned, whose “thoughts will be with their boys”.
He was speaking in front of women presented by the Kremlin as mothers of soldiers fighting in Ukraine, gathered around a table in Vladimir Putin’s residence in Novo-Ogarevo, near Moscow. Most of them showed a closed face.
An unprecedented meeting since the beginning of the conflict
Vladimir Putin and the Russian authorities only rarely refer to the losses suffered in Ukraine by Moscow.
This meeting with soldiers’ mothers, unprecedented since the start of the offensive, also comes after weeks of criticism published on social networks by relatives of men mobilized at the beginning of the fall to fight in Ukraine.
Many wives and mothers of men called up have accused the authorities of not having sufficiently trained or equipped their relatives before sending them to the front.
Putin denounces “false information”
“Life is more complicated than what you see on TV or on the Internet, where you can’t trust anything. There is a lot of false information, deception, lies,” Vladimir Putin told mothers of soldiers.
“It has always been the case, but taking into account modern technologies, it has become even more noticeable and effective”, he added, denouncing “informational attacks”.
This development echoes laws passed after the start of the offensive in Ukraine which punishes with heavy prison sentences those accused of spreading “false information” about the army or “discrediting” it.