Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy attacked the mothers of Russian soldiers in a post to Telegram on Sunday.
Zelenskyy told them to “see what bastards you’ve raised,” later adding that their sons have “no souls.”
“Mothers of Russian soldiers should see that,” wrote Zelenskyy along with photos from Bucha. “See what bastards you’ve raised. Murderers, looters, butchers.”
The message was a sharp turn in tone from previous messages to the mothers of Russian soldiers, in which he implored them not to send their boys to fight in Ukraine.
In a follow up video message, Zelenskyy asserted that the sons have “no souls.”
“Russian mothers! Even if you raised looters, how did they also become butchers? You couldn’t be unaware of what’s inside your children. You couldn’t overlook that they are deprived of everything human. No soul. No heart. They killed deliberately and with pleasure.” Zelenskyy claimed in the video.
During an interview with Fox News over the weekend, Bret Baier asked Zelenskyy about the Azov Battalion and videos circulating that appear to show the group shooting Russian prisoners of war.
Bret Baier asked Zelensky about Azov Battalion’s shooting of Russian POWs.
Zelensky’s answer? “They are what they are.”
Zelensky also claims that some were prosecuted after 2014 and given prison sentences. He doesn’t mention that those convictions were overturned. pic.twitter.com/5m3EOlJhU6
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“They are what they are,” Zelenskyy said. “They were defending our country.”
Fox News later edited out Zelenskyy’s response from the rebroadcast of the interview and on their website.
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