Ukraine displays war footage at train station to shock Russians

At Vilnius station in Lithuania, EU passengers are allowed to get off the train, except for Russians

VILNIUS, Lithuania:

An exhibition of shocking images from the war in Ukraine opened at a train station in Lithuania on Friday in a bid to give transiting Russian travelers a true picture of the conflict.

The Baltic state is allowing 100 trains a month carrying Russian passengers to transit to and from the Kaliningrad enclave under a special agreement between Lithuania, the European Union and Russia.

The transit arrangement has continued despite numerous air travel sanctions against Russia since President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian forces to invade Ukraine on February 24.

At the station in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, European passengers are allowed to get off the train, but Russian passengers must remain there.

The new exhibit of 24 photos was installed on the platform used by transit trains, with the images placed at the height of the carriage windows.

“Today Putin is killing the peaceful people of Ukraine. Do you approve of that?” read some of the photos on display.

“We have selected images that emotionally convey the grim reality facing the Ukrainian people,” said Jonas Staselis, director of the Lithuanian Press Photographers’ Club which helped organize the exhibition.

“We want to spread the message widely that there is no escape from reality in a free country,” he said.

There have been a number of initiatives in Lithuania, which was once ruled by Moscow as part of the Soviet Union, to try to better inform ordinary Russians about the ongoing conflict.

Earlier this month, a group of Lithuanians launched a campaign for Russian diaspora volunteers to call random residential phone numbers in Russia and tell people about the invasion.

The effect of such initiatives remains to be seen.

As one of the transit trains passed through the station on Friday, a passenger was seen making an obscene hand gesture in the photographs.

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James H. Wright