April 2023: Sloviansk – 15 civilians killed, including a two-year-old boy; Uman – 22 killed, 5 kids; Kostiantynivka – 6 killed; Dnipro – 2 killed, a mother and a three-year-old girl. These people’s lives were cut short by Russian artillery and missile strikes at a time when Russia was not only waging a full-scale war against Ukraine but also heading the world’s key security institution – the UN Security Council.
On 22 March, Ramadan began, a holy month for Muslims and the most important ceremonial period for believers in Islam. This year, Ramadan exacerbated the already strained relations between Muslims and Russians, and concentrated religious conflicts. By using followers of Islam as cannon fodder in the so-called “special military operation”, the Russian authorities are simultaneously suppressing the voice of Muslims in the country and deliberately provoking religious conflicts, “spicing” them up with persecution and arrests.