RIGA - If necessary, call relatives, friends and acquaintances in Russia every day to report on what is happening in Ukraine after the war started by Russia's Vladimir Putin in Ukraine, said former Latvian President Valdis Zatlers in Russian today at the Ukrainian support rally in Riga.
If acquaintances in Russia for the first time do not initially immediately believe what is taking place, continue calling them every day, Zatlers stressed, expressing that this is a way to defend Ukraine's freedom and independence.
Zatlers pointed out that the wisest minds in the world will realize in time that we cannot continue to be in fear and that this war must be won. He reminded that, in the words of the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, ''we will be the ones giving them fuel, but they will be the ones shedding their blood''.
The former president stressed that Ukraine needs military support.
He emphasized that Putin was much harder to defeat than Putinism itself. The fact that the representatives of the Russian Duma are voting unanimously for the war suggests that something is wrong with their heads, Zatlers emphasized.
The former President pointed out that there are also people in Latvia who are confused and who need time to understand what a war is, and that the by just saying "I am for peace" means actually supporting the war. "Paradoxically, this is how it is," Zatlers said.