Johnson urges Russians to bypass Kremlin internet blocks to uncover truth about Ukraine

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BORIS Johnson told Russian citizens he was not surprised Vladimir Putin was trying to cover up the atrocities in Ukraine because they wouldn’t support the war if they knew the truth.

In a video address this evening, the Prime Minister spoke in Russian and said they ‘deserved the facts’ as mounting evidence of civilian killings, rapes and torture emerged in previously occupied areas by Russia outside kyiv.

He also encouraged Russians to use a VPN – an internet connection that hides users’ locations – to circumvent Kremlin online restrictions in the country and find out what was really going on in Ukraine.

Speaking in Russian, the Prime Minister said: “The Russian people deserve the truth, you deserve the facts.”

Switching to English, Mr Johnson continued: “The atrocities committed by Russian troops in Bucha, Irpin and elsewhere in Ukraine have horrified the world.

“Massacred civilians – shot with their hands tied.

“Women raped in front of their young children.

“Bodies grossly burned, thrown into mass graves or simply left in the street.

“The reports are so shocking, so sickening that it’s no wonder your government is trying to hide them from you.

“Your president knows that if you could see what’s going on, you wouldn’t support his war. ”

He added that the reports from Ukraine were “so shocking, so sickening that it’s no wonder your government is trying to hide it from you.”

Mr Johnson also said Putin knew that if his people could see what had happened they would know they ‘would not support his war’.

“He knows that these crimes betray the trust of every Russian mother who proudly says goodbye to her son as he leaves to join the army,” he said.

“And he knows they are a stain on the honor of Russia itself.

“A stain that will only get bigger and more indelible each day this war continues.

“But don’t just take my word for it.

“All you need is a VPN connection to access independent information from anywhere in the world.
“And when you find the truth, share it.”

Mr Johnson vowed that ‘those responsible will be held accountable’ and, ending his speech, he said in Russian: ‘Your president stands accused of committing war crimes.

“But I can’t believe he’s acting on your behalf.”

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