JRL NEWSWATCH: “As war in Ukraine rages, Russians look on with increasing dismay” – Christian Science Monitor/ Fred Weir

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“The war in Ukraine may have come at a high cost for Vladimir Putin at home. The backlash against the conflict suggests a moral split and loss of trust between the Russian public and its leadership.”

“… despite the fog of war and a deepening crackdown on civil society, surprising numbers of Russians are expressing shock at and even outright opposition to their country’s escalating invasion of Ukraine[, even] [a]s Russian forces close in on Kyiv and other key Ukrainian cities, and the prospect of hard fighting and large-scale casualties looms …. [T]ens of thousands of anti-war activists have protested in major Russian cities … [A]t least 5,000 have been detained. An online petition demanding an immediate end to the war has garnered almost a million signatures … [O]pen letters of condemnation have proliferated, including one signed by over 6,000 doctors and medical workers … another by more than 5,000 architects. … “

Some Russian oligarchs also have either opposed the war escalation or offered to help broker a peace deal.

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