Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sharply criticized the head of the Kremlin, Vladimir Putin, for his troops killing children during the aggression against Ukraine.
According to Ukrinform, this is reported by the Independent.
“Many people say that Putin and I are both murderers. I told you Filipinos a long time ago that I do kill. But I kill criminals, I don’t kill children and old people. We are (with Putin – ed.) in two different worlds,” Duterte said at the weekly meeting of the Philippine Cabinet of Ministers.
He added that Russia is not waging a “special military operation” in Ukraine, but in fact a full-scale war against a sovereign nation.
It is noted that Duterte, who will leave the presidency on June 30, introduced a literal war on drugs back in 2016, in which law enforcement officers carry out exposing operations against drug lords.
According to international human rights activists, in the Philippines, the police kill suspected drug users, but the authorities deny such actions. The exact number of those who died during the “war on drugs” is unknown, but, according to various sources, there are at least 6,000 of them.
The International Criminal Court has launched an investigation into the alleged commission of crimes against humanity in the Philippines.
As reported, on February 24, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a full-scale invasion of Ukraine. Russian troops shell and destroy infrastructure facilities, carry out massive shelling of residential areas of Ukrainian cities and villages using artillery, multiple launch rocket systems and ballistic missiles.
Since the beginning of the full-scale invasion, as of the morning of May 24, Russian troops have killed 234 children in Ukraine, and more than 433 children have been injured.