Actor Tim Allen has spoken out to condemn Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, calling it ‘the definition of wrong’.
The Last Man Standing star, 68, joined many other prominent figures in voicing his disgust with warmonger Putin, tweeting on Thursday: ‘This is the definition of wrong. My head, heart and soul pray for the people of Ukraine.’
‘My mind and body are full of anger and disgust at the coward putin ghouls that have attacked a sovereign country,’ he wrote, concluding with: ‘F-putin’.
On Saturday, the invasion entered its 10th day and the situation grew ever more dire for Ukrainians, as Russia shelled encircled cities and a humanitarian ceasefire to allow civilian evacuation broke down under Russian bombardment.
Actor Tim Allen (left) has spoken out to condemn Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, calling it ‘the definition of wrong’
The number of Ukrainians forced to flee their country as refugees has grown to 1.4 million. The UN says more than 350 civilians have been killed since Russia’s invasion last week.
It is not the first time that Allen, of Home Improvement fame, has commented on the unfolding crisis.
On February 24, he tweeted ‘Pray if you will for all those attacked today by the Russians.’
He also paraphrased a quote from Winston Churchill, which he mistakenly attributed to Franklin D. Roosevelt: ”Appeasement’ is the policy of feeding your friends to a crocodile, one at a time, in hopes that the crocodile will eat you last.’
Allen is far from the only Hollywood star to speak out against Russia, and at the 28th Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards last week, Lady Gaga and Michael Douglas were among those voicing support for Ukraine.
Several other performers, including SAG President Fran Drescher, used their speeches to address the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
Michael Douglas sported a blue-and-yellow pocket square resembling the Ukrainian flag, at the SAG awards. He pointed to the pocket square and said: ‘This is not the LA Rams’
Actor and producer Tyler Perry wears a ribbon with the colors of the Ukrainian flag as he arrives for the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild
‘First, I would like to extend prayers to the people of Ukraine,’ Drescher, 64, best known for her television sitcom The Nanny, told the audience as she arrived on stage mid-ceremony.
Her remarks were echoed by 40-year-old Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr. who kicked off the annual awards show, saying: ‘We’re holding a place in our hearts for Ukraine and sending our thoughts, prayers and hopes for impending peace.’
Ukraine’s leader made a ‘desperate’ plea Saturday to American lawmakers for the United States to help get more warplanes to his military and cut off Russian oil imports as Kyiv tries to stave off the Russian invasion.
President Volodymyr Zelensky opened the private video call with U.S. lawmakers by telling them this may be the last time they see him alive. He has remained in Kyiv, the capital, which has a vast Russian armored column threatening from the north.
In a Zoom meeting with the US Congress, Zelensky repeated his plea for NATO to impose a no-fly zone over his country to blunt Russian air superiority, and requested tougher sanctions against Russia including a ban on oil exports
A view of destroyed settlements after recent shellings in the city of Irpin, northwest of Kyiv on Saturday
Russian forces are now attempting to encircle Kyiv and pressing forward in the northeast and southeast
Appearing in what is now his trademark army-green shirt in front of a white wall with the Ukrainian flag, he told them Ukraine needs to secure its skies, either through a no-fly zone enforced by NATO or through the provision of more warplanes so Ukraine could better defend itself.
Zelensky has been pleading for a no-fly zone for days, but NATO has refused, saying it could provoke a widespread war with nuclear-armed Russia.
The hourlong exchange with some 300 members of Congress and their staffs came as Russian troops continued to shell encircled cities and the number of Ukrainians who have fled the country grew to 1.4 million.
‘President Zelensky made a desperate plea,’ said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.
He said Zelensky wants the U.S. to facilitate the transfer of planes from Eastern European allies. ‘I will do all I can to help the administration to facilitate their transfer,’ Schumer said.