Protest at Cuban embassy in Washington over Castro regime support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

The Cuban dictatorship has not in any way hidden its support for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. In fact, it has been proud of its support with Cuban mercenaries being sent to fight for Russia. Although the international community won’t call out the communist Castro regime for its shameless support of Russian aggression, human rights activists in the U.S. are doing their best to bring attention to it.

Via Martí Noticias (my translation):

Protestors demonstrate in front of the Cuban embassy in the U.S. over the regime’s support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

On Friday, activists gathered in front of the Cuban embassy in the United States to condemn the Cuban government’s support for Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and to demand an end to the subsidies from the European Union and Canada to the Cuban regime.

“We are here denouncing the Castro dictatorship for its open and shameful support for the Russian imperialist invasion of Ukraine… but we are also taking the opportunity to denounce the financial support of countries from the European Union and Canada to the Castro dictatorship. We are demanding the freedom of political prisoners, we are demanding an end to repression, and we are demanding freedom for Cuba,” said former political prisoner and activist Jorge Luis García Pérez, “Antúnez.”

Orlando Gutiérrez-Boronat, national coordinator of the Assembly of the Cuban Resistance, echoed Antúnez’s sentiments, demanding an end to the “subsidy to the Castro dictatorship” and urging the United States to continue supporting Ukraine, not to abandon it “because a battle is being fought there that is key to the freedom of all oppressed peoples.”

“It is very sad for us as Cubans that, despite everything, in addition to all the crimes in Cuba, all the political prisoners, the misery in which the island is immersed, the Cuban regime is complicit with Vladimir Putin,” said Pastor Mario Félix Lleonart of the Patmos Institute.

Meanwhile, Michael Sawkiu of the Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, a non-profit, non-partisan organization representing the interests of Ukrainians in the United States since 1940, thanked the Cuban community in the United States for their support to Ukraine in its fight against the Russian invasion.

In February, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published statements from a Ukrainian diplomat that thousands of Cubans enlisted in the ranks of the Russian army would be fighting on the battlefield against Ukraine.

Ambassador Ruslan Spirin, special representative of Ukraine for Latin America and the Caribbean, told the WSJ that his government believes about 400 Cubans are fighting in the country.

In September 2023, InformNapalm reported on the hacking by the Ukrainian cyber resistance group of the email boxes of the military commission of Tula, Russia, with identity documents revealing the hiring of Cubans.

The regime in Havana then denied its involvement in the incident and blamed a human trafficking network for recruiting Cubans and transporting them to Moscow for recruitment by the army. Later, it announced the arrest of at least 17 people linked to that network and promised a thorough investigation.

In October, after Cuba’s official statements, InformNapalm reported that, according to a second leak of documents, another 59 Cubans had arrived in Tula between August 25 and September 29, 2023.

The Cuban regime has expressed unconditional support for the Kremlin since the early days of the invasion of Ukraine, which erupted on February 24, 2022. Moscow has responded with promises of investment and greater cooperation with the island, also in the military sphere.

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