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Ukraine-based Russian armed groups address Putin

16 March, 2024 Saturday

Freedom of Russia Legion, Russian Volunteer Corps and Siberian Battalion addressed Russian leader Vladimir Putin with a call to get in touch with them to discuss "the future of Russia without dictatorship and authoritarianism"

The address was published on Freedom of Russia Legion's Telegram channel.

"Vladimir Putin, the whole world has been watching for several days now as the Russian city of Belgorod, Belgorod and Kursk regions have turned into a zone of active hostilities. At the same time, the administration you have appointed, despite our repeated calls, is preventing the evacuation of civilians. In this regard, only because of your ambitions, civilians continue to suffer and die," the Russian volunteers emphasized.

They called on Putin to "stop this circus, think about the fate of innocent Russians and allow the evacuation of civilians from the war zone."

According to them, the "elections" have turned into a complete farce.

"Stop driving ordinary people to polling stations under bombs and artillery fire to participate in your performance. Even a forced expression of will is impossible when air raid warnings sound," the volunteers said.

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They emphasized that Putin has long lost his legitimacy, and "under the current circumstances, even the pretense of an election process has disappeared." They believe that it is obvious to everyone that Russia needs immediate and fundamental changes.

Russian volunteers also noted that Russia "is long overdue for a profound transformation of the government's relationship with the people." They believe that a frank conversation is needed "about new fair social rules."

"If you are ready to discuss the future of our country without dictatorship and authoritarianism, we, for our part, are ready for such a conversation. If you still have the courage and responsibility, get in touch with us in a way that is convenient for you," the Russian volunteers called.

Raids by Ukraine-based Russian military volunteers

On the morning of March 12, members of the Freedom of Russia Legion from the Russian-Ukrainian border announced that they were going to liberate Russia from dictator Vladimir Putin. Soldiers of the Siberian Battalion reported fierce fighting on Russian territory, and the Freedom of Russia claimed to have taken control of the village of Tetkino, Kursk region.

Oleksiy Hetman, a reserve major of the National Guard of Ukraine and a veteran of the Russian-Ukrainian war, believes that the raid by the Freedom of Russia Legion is a challenge to Putin and his entourage. In his opinion, if at least one battalion of the Russian Federation goes over to the side of the Russians fighting against Putin, a chain reaction could start throughout the army.

On March 13, Russian volunteers continued their raid on Russian territory, calling on residents of the Kursk and Belgorod regions to evacuate.

Later, Alexei Baranovsky said that in the Kursk region, fighting was already taking place outside the village of Tetkino.

Yevhen Dykyi, a former platoon commander of the Aidar battalion, believes that Russians may move combat-ready units from the Kupyansk direction to the Kursk region.

On the morning of March 14, the Russian Defense Ministry accused Ukraine of allegedly attacking two regions with 14 drones. Later, Belgorod reported a second attack.

On March 14, a volunteer of the Freedom of Russia Legion, Alexei Baranovsky, said that the Russian army had moved reserves to Belgorod and Kursk regions and was actively trying to displace Russian volunteer units. The Freedom of Russia Legion warned the locals about the beginning of active attacks.

Russian leader Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of trying to disrupt 'elections' in Russia and promised retaliation.

On March 16, the Russian Volunteer Corps denied fake information about the alleged destruction of the group. The RDC also said they captured more than two dozen Russian soldiers.

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