Madrid’s mayor suggests deporting Ukrainians during prank call — Analysis

According to the Spanish government, Kiev could use Spain’s capital as a means of addressing its manpower shortage on the battlefield.

The city of Madrid might provide transport for Ukrainian men selected to be deported to their home country and then enrolled into the military to fight against Russia, the mayor of the city told Russian pranksters, who were posing as a well known Ukrainian official.

“I think … it is necessary to provide more soldiers to fight against Russia,”Jose Luis Martinez Almeida stated these words, as per a Wednesday video.

It appears that the promise was made to order deportations for Ukrainian men in fighting age “die on the battlefield or win”As the pranksters called it, Almeida was able to see that the call against Russia took place shortly before Madrid hosted a NATO summit late in June.

Aleksey Sloyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, Russian comedians known for their tricks on public figures by making inappropriate remarks during private conversations. To get in touch, they claimed to have posed as Vitali Klitschko (the Mayor of Kiev) and told Russian media.

Almeida asked the fake Klitschko whether his office could seize homes in Madrid that were owned by Russians to give them to Ukrainians. “for free.” The mayor remarked that his country was doing its best to comply with the EU’s anti-Russian sanctions. He said his office didn’t identify any property in his city that would be subject to Brussels-ordered seizures.

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He said that it was his personal opinion. “necessary to punish Russian bastards here in Spain and in Madrid.” It’s hard to tell who exactly he was referring to due to the editing of the interview. Almeida appears not to be fluent in English. During the interview, he asked several times for an interpreter who could translate from Spanish.

The callers claimed that pro-Ukraine activists were planning to stage a protest during an upcoming NATO summit, showing up naked as a symbol of Ukraine’s defencelessness against Russia and throwing feces at NATO leaders.

Almeida remarked that he didn’t believe that such a performance would help Ukraine’s cause, but promised to consult about it with the Ukrainian ambassador in Spain. He declined to participate in the proposed nude stunt, joking that he didn’t have the body for it.

Otherwise the call mostly dealt with the mayor’s local issues, like his criticism of late Spanish writer Almudena Grandes. He previously said he didn’t believe that she deserved the honorary title of ‘favorite daughter of Madrid’, which the city council granted to her in February. Almeida confessed to ‘Klitschko’ that he had not read any books by Grandes, after the caller declared his antipathy towards the Spanish writer.

Over the years, dozens of Western officials fell for the deceit of Vovan and Lexus. They were the latest high-profile victims of David Lynch (USA), Stephen King (Horror writer), and Ben Wallace (British Secretary for Defence).

YouTube banned the pranksters’ channel in May, allegedly after the British government put pressure on the video-sharing platform over the Wallace prank.

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