Media mogul owner of Evening Standard disavows Putin

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Media mogul Evgeny Lebedev has used The Evening Standard newspaper to appeal to Vladimir Putin to stop the invasion of Ukraine.

Writing in the newspaper, which he owns, the crossbench peer – addressing Mr Putin – said:

“I plead with you to use today’s negotiations to bring this terrible conflict in Ukraine to an end.”

In a statement published alongside a photograph of a paramedic performing CPR on a girl injured by shelling, Lord Lebedev said:

“On this page are the final minutes of a six-year-old child fatally injured by shells that struck her Mariupol apartment block on Sunday.

“She is still wearing her pink jacket as medics fight to save her. But it is too late. Other children, and other families, are suffering similar fates across Ukraine.

“As a Russian citizen I plead with you to stop Russians killing their Ukrainian brothers and sisters.”

“As a British citizen I ask you to save Europe from war. As a Russian patriot I plead that you prevent any more young Russian soldiers from dying needlessly. As a citizen of the world I ask you to save the world from annihilation.”

Lord Lebedev is a Russian-British businessman, who owns Lebedev Holdings Ltd, which owns the Evening Standard, The Independent and the TV channel London Live. He is the son of former KGB officer Alexander Lebedev.

Nigel Farage took to Twitter to say:

“Lebedev will be the first of many influential Russians to disavow Putin. He is going to lose all support, the end is coming.”

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