Duterte criticizes attacks on civilians in Ukraine

Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the killing of civilians in Ukraine on May 23 and described the Russian invasion as

Outgoing Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte criticized the killing of civilians in Ukraine on May 23, describing the Russian invasion as “a war against a sovereign nation.” In a televised address broadcast Monday, Duterte urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to rein in his soldiers in Ukraine, who he said were “out of control and murderous” according to a translation of his comments by Rappler. “I would like to ask Putin to listen to me, because President Putin has everything under your control,” he said in English, describing the Russian president as a “friend”. Speaking to the Russian embassy, ​​he said there was a “moral obligation” to protect innocent civilians, children and the elderly. Duterte also criticized the invasion, saying the move was “not a special military operation” but “a war against a sovereign nation”. “You have to resolve the war between Ukraine and Russia before we can talk about a return to normalcy,” he said of rising oil and gas prices. Credit: Radio Television Malacanang via Storyful

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