Nazi Propaganda poster from World War II, calling "citizens" to turn in suspicious persons. Just like Russian posters of today.
Upon occupying Ukrainian town of Novoazovsk in Donbas Oblast Russian troops wasted no time and distributed printed instructions among the populace. According to RNBO’s spokesperson Andriy Lysenko, these materials instruct the locals how they should behave from now on.
Here is what your life should look like if you happened to be in “liberated” territory:
1. Under no circumstances you should obstruct the free movement of Russian troops (vehicles and staff).
2. Show your friendly intent to Russian troops. Show them how happy you are to see them. Remember, they are here to liberate you from terrorists serving in illegal Ukrainian army.
3. In liberated territory, communicate in Russian only, so that Russian peacekeepers would not misunderstand your intentions.
4. Prepare the lists of persons serving in Ukrainian army, participants of Maidan, activists of civil rights groups and leaders of ethnic minority groups and give these lists to the FSB (modern Russian KGB) during the peacekeeping operations.
5. Be ready to vacate your appartments and other living quarters to provide living space for the Russian Army members.
6. Follow the curfew and inform local military police of Russian Federation about those, who break the curfew.
7. Citizens helping to locate and capture Ukrainian terrorists will be allowed extra rations and privileges.
8. Believe: the Ministry of Defense of Russian Federation guarantees your safety. No one will be shot for nothing.
Remember: peacekeeping forces of Russian Federation act in accordance with Geneva convention of 1949.
translated by Anna Palagina