Austrian-American actor and politician, arnold schwarzeneggerhas spoken on his social networks with a message addressed to the Russian population with the intention of “tell the truth on the war in Ukraine” and with a complaint to the Kremlin propaganda and disinformation.

“I know your government has told you that this it is a war to denazify Ukraine. Denazify Ukraine? That is not true“, explained the former governor of California. He has also reiterated his affection and respect for the people of Russia with his personal experiences.

Parallels with WW2

Addressing the Russian soldiers, Schwarzenegger explained his father’s storya soldier in Nazi Germany during World War II, who had been “Galvanized by the lies of your government“.

Thus, he remembers how his father returned from Leningrad as a man “physically and mentally broken“, not only because of the shrapnel he received but also because of the guilt I felt.

“I don’t want you to end up broken like my father,” he explained, “this is not the war to defend Russia that your grandparents or great-grandparents fought.”

The Terminator star has also sent a message to “those in power in the Kremlin,” asking them “why would they sacrifice to these young for their own ambitions.” At noon this Thursday, the video had already accumulated more than two million views.

Put the brakes on Putin

At one point in the video, almost nine minutes long, he addresses exclusively the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin: “You started this war. You are waging this war. You can stop this war.”

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has finished his speech with a message of support to Russian citizens who demonstrated against the war in the streets of the country.

“The world has seen your bravery. We know that you have suffered the consequences of their courage (…). You are my new heroes and you have the strength of Yuri Petrovich Vlassov”, he said, referring to the Soviet weightlifting champion whom he said he had known as a young man.

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