Putin is facing calls for his resignation over the Ukraine war

Russian President Vladimir Putin is facing resignation calls from MPs from 18 Russian municipalities over his handling of the war in Ukraine.

“We, the local deputies of Russia, believe that the actions of Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin harm the future of Russia and its citizens,” read the petition, which was circulated on Twitter. “We demand that Vladimir Putin resign from the post of President of the Russian Federation!”

The petition was originally signed by 18 representatives of the municipalities in Moscow, St. Petersburg and the city of Kolpino.

“The text of the petition is laconic, it does not ‘discredit’ anyone. If you are a local councilor and would like to get involved, you are most welcome.” wrote Moscow deputy Ksenia Torstromwho shared the petition online on Monday.

Deputy Ksenia Torstrom shared on Twitter the petition calling for Vladimir Putin to resign and explained his actions "harm the future of Russia and its citizens."
MP Ksenia Torstrom shared the petition calling for Vladimir Putin’s resignation on Twitter, saying his actions “harm the future of Russia and its citizens”.
Initially, 18 deputies from the municipalities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kolpino signed the petitions.
Initially, 18 deputies from the municipalities of Moscow, St. Petersburg and Kolpino signed the petitions.

Torstrom later reported that another 84 MPs signed Monday’s petition.

This latest push, aimed at ousting the Kremlin’s strongman, comes just days after deputies from a St. Petersburg city council called on the Russian Duma to charge Putin with treason over invading Ukraine.

The seven outspoken officials are now reportedly facing charges themselves of discrediting the Russian military, which carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.

Earlier this week local lawmakers in Moscow’s Lomonosovsky district called for Putin’s resignation, claiming his aggressive stance had thrown Russia back into the Cold War era, Radio Free Europe reported.

Addressing the warmonger directly, they said: “Your views, your management model are hopelessly outdated and hinder the development of Russia and its human potential.”

MPs’ risky open revolt against Putin followed last weekend’s local and regional elections, in which pro-Kremlin candidates swept to victory and ignited rigging and vote-rigging.

Putin's calls for his resignation come amid Ukraine's lightning-fast counteroffensive, in which Kiev's forces are said to have retaken some 2,400 square miles of territory.
Putin’s calls for his resignation come amid Ukraine’s lightning-fast counteroffensive, in which Kiev’s forces are said to have retaken some 2,400 square miles of territory.
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The chorus of discontent in Russia appears to be growing amid Ukraine’s lightning-fast counteroffensive, in which Kiev’s forces are said to have retaken nearly 2,400 square miles of territory in the northeast and south, according to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s latest update.

The Kremlin said Monday the military operation would continue until its goals are met, but sidestepped a question about whether Putin still has faith in his military leadership.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov assured reporters that Russians overall continue to support Putin, who has been in power since 2000 as either president or vice president.

https://nypost.com/2022/09/13/putin-faces-calls-to-resign-over-ukraine-war/ Putin is facing calls for his resignation over the Ukraine war

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