Arestovich tried to humanize Russian killers with Latynina and paid the price: he was reported to the SSU
On August 10, Oleksiy Arestovich, a former advisor to the Office of the President of Ukraine, aired a lengthy thesis on the inadmissibility of "humanizing" the occupants on the air of Russian journalist Yulia Latynina. This time, he said that Ukrainians gave Russians "excellent motivation to fight" because they hate those who came to kill them on their own land.
This time Arestovich's reflections, which have long caused a stormy scandal in the information space, bore quite concrete fruit: a statement was written against him to the Security Service of Ukraine. The author of the statement, Oleksandr Novetsky, addressed the Service with a proposal to check whether Arestovich's speech contains signs of justification, recognition of the legitimate armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine.
On his Twitter , Novetsky published a fragment of Arestovich's scandalous interview. In it, the former OPU adviser once again started arguing that Ukrainians had no right to "dehumanize" their enemies.
This time, as an argument, he cited the thesis that, allegedly, the hatred Ukrainians feel for the occupants supposedly motivates the latter to continue fighting.
"The main thing we did when we allowed ourselves to dehumanize the Russians: this is our main mistake. At first we held on, and then we plunged into it all with pleasure. Collective Ukrainians, I mean. We gave the average Russian, mobilized Russians, not cadre military, but exactly mobilized Russians, who now make up the backbone of the army, gave excellent motivation to fight," Arestovich said.
He is convinced that hundreds of thousands of Russians from the depths of the Russian Federation, who often go to kill the inhabitants of a neighboring country out of desperation or out of a desire to earn money to repay loans, suddenly, thanks to the Ukrainians, have become aware of why a senseless and bloody aggressive war against Ukraine is necessary, have filled it with "meaning": supposedly they are not occupying, but protecting their families.
"He always has an explanation for what he is fighting for. We gave him a reason for ressentiment, gave him a reason for revenge. I am considered an animal, my wife is considered an animal, my children are considered animals, my parents are considered animals ... We're all considered slaves, animals, maniacs, psychos, assholes and so on. And what is to be done with you after that, my friends?" - Arrestovich easily and casually shifted the blame from the aggressor to the victim.
Another scandalous statement, which looks very much like an attempt to justify the occupants, has led to the fact that the SBU may have its say in history. According to Novetsky, these statements may well contain qualifying signs of a crime under the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
"Criminal Code of Ukraine, Article 436-2. 1. Justification, recognition of lawful, [...] armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, shall be punishable by corrective labor for up to 2 years or arrest for up to 6 months, or imprisonment for up to 3 years," Novetsky wrote.
He asked the SSU to dispel his doubts.
"Rolled a statement to the SSU, I wonder what will happen," he commented on the posted screenshots of the submitted statement.
In the comments, Novetsky's act was warmly supported by people.
In May, Arestovich was spotted on the beach in Tel Aviv in the midst of the war in Ukraine. In February, he was seen in Italy.
It is not known how a man who poses as a serviceman and intelligence officer repeatedly traveled outside the country during the martial law regime. At the level of assumptions, there were versions that three minor children, including a daughter from a previous marriage, could have helped him in this.
After a rest, Arestovich returned and began to issue one after another scandalous statements, such as the speech that angered the defenders of Ukraine about the military "who will throw grenades under the door of neighbors" .