Football star Nadezhda Karpova, a member of the Russian women’s national team, has attacked the Russian president Vladimir Poutine and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko in a stunning outburst against her instagram page.
Karpova, 27, who plays club football for Espanyol in Spain, posted a scathing message to Putin and Lukashenko on her Instagram story, shortly after the leaders joked on Monday that they considered themselves as “co-aggressors” and “most harmful and toxic”. people on this planet.”
“You are garbage, you are scoundrels, you are the ones who committed the genocide, you are the ones who must be judged,” Karpova wrote.
“You’re not just ‘toxic’, you’re fucking fascists who have long had no place in today’s world, and I hope you get what you deserve, because the good always triumphs over evil.
Karpova, who is also known by the diminutive of her first name, Nadya, is the only member of the Russian women’s team to have spoken out against the war in Ukraine. She posted the message after Putin and Lukashenko met in Belarus for the first time in three years.
“You know that we are both co-aggressors, the most harmful and toxic people on this planet,” Lukashenko said with Putin seated next to him. “We have only one argument – who is the biggest. Vladimir Vladimirovich says I am, I’m starting to think he is, so we decided together. The same. That’s all. “
An excerpt from their exchange was shared on Twitter by Ukrainian Home Affairs Advisor Anton Gerashchenko.
Since the start of the war in Ukraine on February 24, Belarus has been used by Russia as a staging ground to send missiles and troops to Ukraine, but it has not participated directly in the war.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Monday that the United States had “long been concerned about Belarus’ role in Russia’s aggression.”
“We continue to closely monitor the position of the Russian forces“, she said, adding that the United States would “stay in close contact with Ukraine” on its defense against Russian aggression.
In other Instagram stories Karpova posted on Monday and Tuesday, she wrote, “F*** Putler, F*** war” and shared news articles about the war in Ukraine, including a photo essay from the Guardian newspaper, headlined: “Ukraine braces for harshest winter since World War II”.
The soccer star regularly posts content critical of Putin’s war in Ukraine on his Instagram page.
In early October, she urged Russians not to visit military registration and enlistment offices.
“If you don’t want to fertilize the land, don’t go to military registration and enlistment offices, it’s not just ‘they call me, I’ll go’. You will be sent to [commit] criminality. In Ukraine there are people like us, and you will kill them?” she wrote.
She first spoke out against the war in June, saying she “can’t just look at this inhumanity and be silent.”
“I don’t know what would happen if I was in Russia, not Spain, but I feel a special responsibility to speak out,” Karpova said in a BBC interview.
Newsweek contacted the Russian and Belarusian foreign ministries for comment.
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