Vladimir Putin is making every effort to win support in Russia. He even held a rally to commemorate his invasion.
Flag-waving supporters could be seen during a live TV broadcast cheering Putin at Moscow’s largest soccer stadium.
Putin was seen wearing a Loro Piana parka, which costs more than $13,000, during the rally. The rally was attended by 500 spectators, or about $5 each. Video showed many people leaving the rally early.
Russian state television suddenly switched to patriotic music as Putin addressed the crowd.
Officials claimed it was just a technical glitch, but the incident echoed Russian producer Marina Ovsyannikova’s anti-war protest during a television broadcast seen around the world. Ovsyannikova was ordered to pay 30,000 rubles, or about $273, after walking behind a news presenter during broadcast of Russia’s most-watched evening news and yelling, “Stop the war!”Holding up a sign with the following words: “They’re lying to you here.”The broadcast was also cut.
Ovsyannikova said that she was interrogated for more than 14 hours. She was penalized for taking part in a prerecorded interview in which she claimed was recorded. “deeply ashamed”We are grateful to you for your assistance. “Kremlin propaganda.”
Also, she is being investigated for violating Russia’s new legislation “false information”Law that makes it illegal for news media to relay information about the Russian invasion in Ukraine that is not consistent with the official narrative. She could be sentenced to up to 15 year imprisonment if found guilty.
Despite Putin’s claims during the rally that the invasion of Ukraine was going according to plan, military experts say the Russian military machine is stalled.
Experts believe the next 8-10 days will be crucial for Russia. This is due to the fact that Russia’s troops are unable to move and that the military has suffered significant losses. Others speculate that there may be more atrocities committed against civilians.
A residential neighborhood in Kyiv was pummeled by Russian missiles, and in Lviv, cruise missiles from warships destroyed a military aircraft repair facility near the city’s airport. Around 200,000 refugees fled to Lviv after being told that it was safe.