Ovchinnikova mentioned it didn’t fear her if the gear she raised cash for went to items that have been killing civilians as a result of she believes they’re Nazis, and he or she couldn’t management what the items have been doing in Ukraine.
Her beliefs are customary Kremlin propaganda espoused by Vladimir Putin himself as a justification for the invasion and don’t have any foundation in reality.
Ovchinnikova asks her followers for roubles and for the cash to be despatched to Russian financial institution accounts, together with some held by Sberbank, a financial institution which is the topic of sanctions by New Zealand.
The objects are then bought in Russia and despatched to the items on the entrance line.
Ovchinnikova has posted 1000’s of occasions – in Russian – for the reason that channel launched in February.
Stuff has discovered and translated 20 posts on the channel the place she claims to have raised cash and bought objects value a complete of simply over 1,550,000 roubles.
Within the posts, the Auckland lady usually makes use of dehumanising language – for instance, repeating the Kremlin’s lie that Ukrainians are Nazis.
Ovchinnikova even used one publish to deride the Kiwi volunteer Dominic Abelen, who lately died preventing the Russians in Ukraine.
The lady claims that she can also be involved with troopers on the entrance line and when she broadcasts an merchandise that she is amassing cash for, she claims the troopers have requested it.
Specifically, two items have obtained Ovchinnikova’s patronage.
The primary unit that obtained silencers, drones and sights was a brand new volunteer reconnaissance and sabotage battalion referred to as Veter, or “Wind”, which claimed to be preventing on the entrance line in Donetsk and Luhansk.
One video reveals a soldier holding unboxed gun sights and thanking the channel particularly for elevating the cash for the objects.
“With out you, your help, the victory can be too lengthy, however together with your help it is going to be very quick,” the soldier mentioned.
The second group claimed to be a Russian battalion referred to as “Storm”.
Tellingly, as Ukraine reclaimed land in an offensive within the nation’s northeast, Ovchinnikova started to fundraise for tinned meals, helmets and thermal underwear fairly than the gun sights of earlier within the battle.
Yuriy Gladun, chairman of the northern area of the Ukrainian Affiliation of NZ, mentioned he wished to see New Zealand designate Russia a terrorist state so anybody financing it may very well be convicted of a criminal offense.
“Each individual has obtained his or her ethical guidelines. She thinks she is doing proper as a result of she is poisoned by Russian propaganda.”
Gladun mentioned the type of logic Ovchinnikova and Russia used to justify the invasion and killing civilians was “inside out, the wrong way up”.
Police mentioned they couldn’t touch upon any particular criticism they’d obtained, however Stuff understands that they’ve investigated the case and located the girl wasn’t breaking any New Zealand regulation.