The Government of the United States has demanded this Thursday to the president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, that “immediately end the bloodshed” and withdraw its troops from Ukraine, a week after the start of an invasion days after recognizing the independence of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk.
“We ask Putin and his government to honor Russia’s international obligations and commitments, immediately put an end to this bloodshed, withdraw its troops from Ukrainian territory and respect human rights and fundamental freedoms of its own citizens,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price said.
Thus, he has denounced that “Russia is participating in an unprovoked war in Ukraine” and that “Nationwide, the Kremlin is engaged in an all-out assault on press freedom and truth.” “Moscow’s efforts to mislead and suppress the truth about the brutal invasion are intensifying,” he said.
“The people of Russia did not choose this war. Putin did. They have a right to know about the death, suffering and destruction caused by their government to the people of Ukraine. The people of Russia also have a right to know the human costs of this senseless war among their own soldiers,” he said.
In this sense, he has criticized the order of the Russian Prosecutor’s Office to suspend the broadcasts of the Echo of Moscow radio and the Dozdh TV portal and has said that “were unfoundedly accused of ‘inciting extremist activity and violence’ and for ‘deliberately sharing false information about the actions of Russian military personnel in Ukraine.'”
“Echo of Moscow is respected for its balanced treatment of breaking news since its foundation 32 years ago and, until yesterday, its broadcasts reached about 1.8 million daily listeners in Russia and abroad. Dozhd, which has been operating for more than a decade, is also known for the great quality of its information”, has detailed.
Price has pointed out that “the Russian government is also strangling Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, of which tens of millions of Russian citizens depend to access independent information and opinions to connect with each other and the outside world.” “These partial blockades still limit where and how citizens can see and share evidence of the truth about the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” he criticized.
Lastly, he recalled that the Russian media regulator “has threatened to block other online platforms and (the US broadcaster) Voice of America Russian if they do not comply with requests to withdraw information about the Russian invasion”, while the Parliament “dominated by the Kremlin” will meet this Friday to weigh a bill that would make “unofficial” information illegal on the invasion, punishing those responsible with sentences of up to 15 years in prison.