FORMER Russia captain Igor Denisov has spoken out about the invasion of Ukraine and described it as a “disaster”.
The bloody war has now been raging for almost four months after Vladimir Putin sent his troops over the border.Former Russia captain Igor Denisov has spoken out about the war in Ukraine[/caption] Vladimir Putin sent troops into Ukraine at the end of February[/caption]
Putin is believed to want to reclaim many territories lost at the fall of the Soviet Union.
The United Nations reports that over 14,000 people have been killed in total – but that figure is expected to be a lot more in reality.
Denisov, who played 54 times for Russia between 2008-16 and captained the side, has described his “shock” at what is going on in Ukraine.
And he fears he could be KILLED for speaking out.
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As reported by Bild, Denisov, 38, said: “I don’t know, maybe I’ll be imprisoned or killed for saying those words, but I’ll tell it like it is.
“My perception of everything has changed drastically. I have not slept. I probably slept three hours for four days. I was just shocked.
“Nobody can explain it to me. Maybe because I’m not well read, maybe because I’m not well versed in history, but I’m against it.
“I don’t like it when people die. I can no longer remain silent about this.”
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Denisov reportedly produced a vlog of his thoughts on the war that he wanted to upload to YouTube.
But he was persuaded by his friends not to share the clip.
Putin first made inroads into Ukraine back in 2014 when Russian troops illegally annexed the Crimea peninsula – sparking international condemnation.
Conflict has raged in Eastern Ukraine ever since as Putin backed-rebels began fighting against the Ukrainian government in the disputed Donbas region.
And on February 21, 2022, Putin signed a decree recognising the Donetsk and Luhansk rebel republic.