Ukrainian officers say Navalny’s proves Putin’s regime is ‘evil’ | EUROtoday

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KYIV — For Ukrainian officers, the demise of Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny supplied the most recent proof that Russian President Vladimir Putin runs a murderous regime and that Ukraine can’t and should not negotiate with him.

But there has additionally been no outpouring of condolences from Kyiv officers over Navalny’s demise — a mirrored image of the ambivalence many Ukrainians felt towards the late Russian opposition chief, who was half-Ukrainian but additionally made controversial statements that spurred suspicions that he harbored Russian nationalist views just like Putin’s.

“Putin is the ultimate evil who is afraid of any competition,” Andriy Yermak, the pinnacle of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s administration posted on X. “The lives of Russians are nothing to him. Everyone who calls for negotiations must realize that he cannot be trusted. The only language he understands is force.”

Mykhailo Podolyak, a senior presidential adviser, issued the same assertion. “Stop thinking you can make some sort of agreement with Death itself or with a bloody dictator,” Podolyak wrote.

Putin and his supporters aren’t keen on “treaties, guarantees or stability,” he added. “But they are absolutely interested in mass deaths and murders. Everywhere. Within their own country and especially in other countries.”

Vladimir Putin, driving excessive earlier than Navalny’s demise, appears unstoppable

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba reminded his followers on X of the “long list” of Putin’s critics and opponents who, like Navalny, have died underneath violent or unclear circumstances: journalist Anna Politkovskaya; former KGB agent and dissident Alexander Litvinenko; Sergey Magnitsky who was killed in jail after uncovering an enormous fraud by Russian tax officers; and Russian opposition chief Boris Nemtsov.

“There was outrage after each murder, but Putin eventually got away with it, and world leaders shook his hand again,” Kuleba wrote. “This encouraged him to continue killing people.”

Kuleba mentioned that Navalny’s demise was a rebuke to those that insist that Putin might be trusted and Ukraine ought to sit down and attain a negotiated finish to the battle with Russia.

“Today, some voices continue to call for Putin to be heard and negotiated with. It is time to end the naiveté,” he wrote. “Before any meaningful engagement with Moscow can begin, Russia must be defeated in Ukraine and Putin must finally learn a lesson.”

After Russia invaded and illegally annexed Crimea in 2014, Navalny criticized how the scenario was dealt with however tried to keep away from clashing with the overwhelming majority of Russians who, in line with polls, supported the annexation. Navalny urged individuals to simply accept that Crimea was Russian and would stay so, famously asking if Crimea was a bologna sandwich to be handed forwards and backwards.

Navalny later spoke out forcefully in opposition to Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine. He referred to as for the speedy withdrawal of Russian troops, the restoration of Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty, and for Russia to reparations to Ukraine utilizing proceeds from its oil and fuel income.

Vladimir Putin, driving excessive earlier than Navalny’s demise, appears unstoppable

Still, some Ukrainians reacted to Navalny’s demise by posting footage on social media of a sandwich being thrown into the rubbish.

Yevhen Klopotenko, a Ukrainian superstar chef who has offered help to the warfare effort, posted a tweet of a photograph of two items of bread, one moldy, and an arrow pointing to a trash can.

Zelensky used Navalny’s demise to criticize Putin’s regime. “Obviously, he was killed by Putin, like thousands of other tortured — tortured because of this one man,” Zelensky mentioned at a information convention with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Friday, his first remarks after studying of Navalny’s demise.

“Putin doesn’t care who dies, as long as he keeps his position,” Zelensky mentioned. “That is why he should not keep anything. He must be defeated, lose everything and answer for what he has done.”

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