Arnold Schwarzenegger, famous for being California’s Governor and the star of numerous Hollywood blockbusters, said on Thursday that the Russian people are being fed misinformation and other untruths about their country’s assault on Ukraine.
Schwarzenegger said in a nearly 10 minute Twitter video that the Kremlin was purposefully deceiving Russians with rhetoric calling to “denazify” Ukraine. Within Russia, the conflict is described as a “special operation.”
“Ukraine did not start this war, neither did nationalists or Nazis,” he said, noting the country’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy is Jewish. “This is not the Russian people’s war.”
The largest invasion to hit Europe since the World War Two, the Ukraine crisis has already displaced over 3 million refugees to neighboring countries.
Western information is not clear on how much the Russian people are aware of the actions taken by their country, as the Kremlin has cut off foreign reporters from traveling within Russia.
Schwarzenegger begged Russian citizens to spread the word about the “human catastrophe” and told Russian protesters the world is watching.
“The world has seen your bravery. We know you have suffered the consequences of your courage,” he said. “You are my new heroes.”
The centrist Republican called on Putin to stop the invasion, pointing to the thousands of Russian soldiers who have already died in the fighting.