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Previous Soviet Bloc nations around the world react to Russian invasion of Ukraine: ‘a crime from peace’


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Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has drawn powerful condemnation from previous Soviet satellite states for whom the photos of troops and tanks rolling in to quash a nation’s independence seems to be painfully familiar.  

Some criticism has appear from politicians like Czech President Milos Zeman and Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban who until now were important professional-Russian voices. Both of their international locations are no strangers to Russia’s brutality — the Czech Republic, as aspect of Czechoslovakia, in 1968, and Hungary in 1956.

FILE: Viktor Orban waves after his annual state of the nation speech in Varkert Bazaar conference hall of Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 12, 2022.

FILE: Viktor Orban waves soon after his annual point out of the country speech in Varkert Bazaar convention corridor of Budapest, Hungary, Feb. 12, 2022.
(WHD Photo/Anna Szilagyi, File)

Addressing the nation Thursday, Zeman called Russia’s actions in Ukraine “an unprovoked act of aggression” and a “criminal offense versus peace.” 

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Many in the Czech Republic reviled Zeman as a “servant of Kremlin” right after he sided with Russia in the 2014 annexation of Crimea and cast question on the results of his have stability and intelligence providers on the alleged participation of Russian spies in a massive 2014 ammunition explosion.

Zeman admitted Thursday that he was completely wrong in his prediction that Russians would not attack Ukraine simply because “they usually are not lunatics to launch an procedure that would be extra damaging for them than advantageous.”

FILE: President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman addresses the media during a joint press conference after their meeting at the Hofburg palace with the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria, June 10, 2021.

FILE: President of the Czech Republic Milos Zeman addresses the media for the duration of a joint push convention immediately after their assembly at the Hofburg palace with the Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen in Vienna, Austria, June 10, 2021.
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Pavel Rychetsky, the chief decide at the Constitutional Courtroom, the country’s optimum legal authority, recommended that a European arrest warrant must be issued in opposition to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He mentioned Putin ought to be tried at the Intercontinental Felony Court docket for “an unparalleled unleashing of war on the European continent for the initial time due to the fact Planet War II.”

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In Hungary, superior-rating officials experienced for weeks prevented condemning Russia’s actions immediately. Below Orban, the nation has pursued near ties with Putin, a stage of problem for many of Hungary’s western companions. But on Thursday, Orban was crystal clear in his condemnation of the Kremlin.

“Russia attacked Ukraine this early morning with military drive,” Orban said in a video on Fb. “Collectively with our European Union and NATO allies, we condemn Russia’s army action.”

Bulgaria, Moscow’s closest ally all through the Chilly War, adopted fit.

“Possessing strategic bombers and missiles traveling in Europe in the 21st century, assaults by air and sea in opposition to a sovereign condition, is unquestionably inadmissible,” President Rumen Radev said.

A woman walks past the debris in the aftermath of Russian shelling, in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. 

A woman walks past the debris in the aftermath of Russian shelling, in Mariupol, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 24, 2022. 
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Romania also stood staunchly with its western associates.

“By means of today’s cynical invasion, the Russian Federation is the architect of the worst protection crisis considering the fact that Environment War II,” the ruling coalition leaders mentioned.

Neighboring Moldova, a previous Soviet republic and one of the number of previous communist Japanese European nations not to have joined NATO so far, echoed these sights. 

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Moldovan President Maia Sandu stressed that Russia’s attacks were being launched “in violation of worldwide norms,” incorporating that the intercontinental group “unanimously condemns these navy steps.”

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