Russian soldiers, driven into poverty, take out everything of any value from Ukraine - Zelensky
Russian soldiers, driven into poverty and lawlessness by their state for decades, took out everything of any value from Ukraine, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said.
"When they got to the war and entered the territory of a neighboring state, tens of thousands of Russian military were simply shocked by the normality of life. They were shocked by the cities and villages where people lived and did not live in poverty. They were shocked by household appliances in their homes. They were shocked that people had enough of normal food," Zelensky said, speaking via video link to the South Korean parliament on Monday.
He also said that Russia creates conditions of total poverty for its citizens, when they cannot afford even the simplest things: normal food, education, ordinary household appliances, conditions when military service for many of them becomes the only social elevator and opportunity to get at least something in life.
"Almost immediately, Russian troops engaged in looting on the territory of Ukraine, in those regions where they could break into. They tried to take home to Russia everything that was of any value, from washing machines to computers, from auto parts to clothes. They just stuffed it into armored personnel carriers, trucks. They stole cars and tried to take out all the loot," the president said.
At the same time, he spoke about recorded cases when Russian soldiers took out protective plates from their bulletproof vests in order to hide stolen laptops and tablets in them.
"It's impossible to believe that a person is so poor from birth that he considers a laptop as more valuable than his own life in the war. But that's what we saw on our land when the Russian army broke in," Zelensky said.
According to the head of state, the war in Ukraine is a clash of two different worlds.
"The world of ordinary people who just lived a peaceful life, thought about the future and the world of people who have been specially humiliated by their state for decades, specially driven into poverty and lawlessness so that their power could be directed to any adventures, to any war against neighbors," he said.