Arnold Schwarzenegger made an impassioned online plea to Russians Thursday, urging them to ignore the war “propaganda” spewed by the Kremlin and “spread truth” in regards to the bleak actuality of the unprovoked assault on Ukraine.
In a nine-minute lengthy video clip meant to slip by strict Moscow censors, Schwarzenegger, 74, additionally invoked his father’s expertise preventing with the Nazis in World War II after the annexation of Austria — telling Russians his dad was “pumped up on the lies of his government” and lived the remainder of his life in “guilt” and “pain.”
The one-time Mr. Universe started by speaking about his reverence for the Russian folks, cemented when he met world champion weightlifter Yuri Petrovich Vlasov on the age of 14.
Schwarzenegger informed viewers that Moscow was mendacity to each the Russian public and troops about their mission to “denazify” Ukraine.
“Denazify Ukraine? This is not true. Ukraine is a country with a Jewish president. A Jewish president, I might add, whose father’s three brothers were all murdered by the Nazis,” Schwarzenegger stated, over a superimposed Russian translation.
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He went on to describe Russia’s near-unanimous worldwide alienation, and the historic financial sanctions it was dealing with.
“You see the world has turned against Russia because of its actions in Ukraine,” Schwarzenegger stated.
“Whole metropolis blocks have been flattened by Russian artillery and bombs, together with a youngsters’s hospital and maternity hospital. Three million Ukrainian refugees, primarily ladies youngsters and the aged, fled their nation. And many extra are attempting to search to get out.
“It’s a humanitarian crisis.”
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Speaking immediately to Russian troops, the previous Republican California governor defined that each strike on Ukraine can also be a strike on Russia, due to the hundreds of thousands of Russians which have households in the previous Soviet republic.
“Every bullet that you shoot you shoot a brother or sister. Every bomb or every shell that falls is falling not on an enemy but on a school or a hospital or a home,” he stated.
Schwarzenegger additionally spoke in regards to the actuality of his father Gustav Schwarzenegger’s darkish historical past as a sergeant in the Nazi military, one thing the film star-turned-politician has hardly ever mentioned. He warned troops they didn’t need to undergo the identical destiny as his father, who was injured preventing in Russia.
“When my father arrived in Leningrad, he was all pumped up on the lies of his government,” Schwarzenegger stated. “When he left Leningrad, he was broken — physically and mentally. He lived the rest of his life in pain — pain from a broken back, pain from the shrapnel that always reminded him of those terrible years and pain from the guilt that he felt.”
Schwarzenegger ended the prolonged clip with a message to the “brave” Russian protesters who’ve demonstrated towards their authorities’s invasion.
“You are my new heroes. You have the strength of Yuri Petrovich Vlasov. You have the true heart of Russia.”