Former California governator, Arnold Schwarzenegger, compared the Kremlin to Nazi’s and emplored Russian citizens to reject their government’s propaganda about Ukraine.
Schwarzenegger, 74, released the nine-minute video across multiple social channels on Thursday, in hopes of reaching the Russian people.
“I’m speaking to you today because there are things that are going on in the world that are being kept from you, terrible things that you should know about,” the “Expendables” star began. “I hope that you will let me tell you about the war in Ukraine and what is happening there.”
The actor said he knows that nobody likes to hear criticism about their government, but there are moments in history that are “so wrong,” that we have to speak up.
“I know that your government has told you that this is a war 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,” he continued.
“You see, Ukraine didn’t start this war. Neither did nationalists or Nazis. Those in power in the Kremlin started this war. This is not the Russian people’s war,” the “Terminator” star explained.
Schwarzenegger addressed the Russian soldiers directly and revealed that his own father, who fought for the Nazi’s and was fed the lies of his government, lived in “pain from the guilt that he felt” for the rest of his life.
“This is not the war to defend Russia that your grandfathers or your great grandfathers fought, this is an illegal war,” he told them.”Your lives, your limbs, and your futures are being sacrificed for a senseless war condemned by the entire world.”
He urged both citizens and soldiers to “understand the propaganda and disinformation” they’re being fed, and to help him spread the truth about the “human catastrophe” happening in Ukraine.
The “Total Recall” actor concluded the video by lauding dissenters and protesters in Russia. “We know that you have suffered the consequences of your courage. You have been arrested. You have been jailed. You have been beaten,” he finished. “You are my new heroes.