|Title:||Did Putin Suggest Russia Would Use Ukrainians as Human Shields?|
|Date published:||October 21, 2022|
|Date updated:||October 21, 2022|
True. The video of Putin saying Russian troops would “stand behind the people,” and dare Ukrainian troops to “shoot their own people” is genuine. The statement was made during his 2014 press conference.
While it is unclear if he implied using them as human shields, he did specify “not in front of them, but behind,” further supporting that interpretation.