ST. PETERSBURG, January 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday said Kiev won’t get away with crimes it has committed against civilians and the Russian Orthodox Church.
He made the statement at a meeting with the veterans of the Great Patriotic War and the people that endured the Nazi blockade of St. Petersburg, which was called Leningrad at the time.
"There are very many people in Ukraine that understand what’s happening and give it the right assessment. Especially after what the current rulers started to do with the civilian population (with the re-establishment of the so-called anti-retreat units that were used during the Second World War) and with the Russian Orthodox Church. They won’t get away with it. I have no doubt," Putin said.
Putin said media coverage of Moscow’s efforts during the special military operation and making sure that the truth is communicated to the people of Russia and other countries, primarily Ukraine itself, is one of the key areas of work. He made the remark in response to a comment by one of the meeting’s attendees, Sergey Machinsky, the first deputy head of the Military History Center of the Northwestern Federal District. Machinsky said "the war and its crimes need to be spoken about in an open and honest manner," although many people don’t want to see or know about it.