Russia MUTINY erupts: Protests explode in city at heart of revolt against Putin's war

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The protests broke out in Yekaterinburg after the city’s former mayor was arrested. Footage on social media has emerged of protesters being brutally arrested for participating in the revolt. Former Yekaterinburg mayor Yevgeny Roizman was detained on Wednesday after labelling Russia’s invasion of Ukraine an “invasion”.

As uniformed officers led him from his home, the politician told a reporter that he was being charged as a result of “one phrase – ‘the invasion of Ukraine'”.

According to the BBC, he is being held on suspicion of “discrediting the Russian armed forces”.

The charge can reportedly carry a five-year prison sentence under strict new laws which ban criticism of the armed forces.

Russian officials have described the war as a “special military operation”.

The 59-year-old politician served as mayor of Yekaterinburg, Russia’s fourth-largest city, from 2013 to 2018.

Sverdlovsk regional Governor Yevgeny Kuyvashev released a message of support for Mr Roizman, asking that he be treated with “fairness and respect.”

More than 224 Russians are facing jail time for calling the conflict a “war” or “invasion”, according to human rights group OVD-Info.

Meanwhile, 16,437 Russians have so far been detained for protesting against the war, OVD-Info said.

Western allies marked the milestone by announcing further military support for Ukraine.

US President Joe Biden pledged $2.98 billion (£2.5bn) for “air defence systems, artillery systems and munitions, counter-unmanned aerial systems, and radars.”

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised £54 million more in weaponry on a visit to Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Germany offered €500m (£421m).

Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance needed to step up to help Ukraine fight what had become a “grinding war of attrition.”

The Russian army has suffered humiliating losses since the invasion began in February, with Kyiv claiming to have killed as many as 44,000 soldiers and destroyed 1,800 tanks.

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