A video shown on the side of the American diplomatic building in Moscow showed images of children being killed in a separatist region in eastern Ukraine, as the projection said their blood was “on the hands of US warmongers”.
The somber video was filmed at the US embassy to coincide with Children’s Day, a June 1 holiday celebrated in former Soviet countries to honor youth and denounce child abuse. Russian state media shared the video, which was shown as Moscow seeks greater control of a region in eastern Ukraine and to drum up support for its war, now more than 3 months old.
According to the state news agency RIA Novosti, the video states that the US military “takes full responsibility for all the dead children of (Donbass)”. The unnamed organizers of the stunt told state media they hoped the video would serve as a reminder of the US military’s support for Ukraine’s pro-Western government, which Russian officials tried to portray as “Nazis.”
In addition to the images of children, the video projected onto the US embassy wall showed videos of President Joe Biden meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is relying on Western powers to provide military assistance against the Russian invasion.
“The blood of Donbass children is on the hands of US warmongers,” reads the text on one of the projected images The Moscow time.
After failing to capture Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv, and facing setbacks elsewhere, Russian forces have turned their attention to the Donbass region of eastern Ukraine. Separatists in the region have been fighting Ukrainian forces since 2014, when Russia annexed Crimea.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is now hoping to seize control of the breakaway regions of Luhansk and Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, which are home to large populations of ethnic Russians. Control of the area is expected to play a central role in Moscow’s justification for having to invade Ukraine to “denazify” the former Soviet republic and bring “liberation” to the region’s Russian-speaking population.
This was announced by Donetsk Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko news week earlier that the capture of an oblast or administrative district in eastern Ukraine is “crucial” to Moscow’s propaganda efforts as it continues its offensive.
According to RIA Novosti, the Russian Defense Ministry has said that the main tasks of its military operation against Ukraine have been completed, weakening its military potential. The ministry has also said its main goal was the “liberation” of the Donbass region, according to the Russian news agency.
“The United States respects the right to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression, even where we disagree,” the US embassy told RIA Novosti in a statement on the stunt. “These values are enshrined in our constitution.”
In early May, the Moscow city government asked residents to vote for the name of a square near the US embassy. All three names offered glorified Russian-backed separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine.
news week contacted the US Department of State.
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