Many of the millions of people who fled Ukraine after the Russian invasion left their fathers, brothers and other family members behind to fight the enemy.
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But for some families, the invasion has caused internal strife as well as division. New York Times (NYT) reported that many Ukrainians are “experienced with a confusing and almost surreal backlash from family members in Russia who have purchased official Kremlin messages”.
Some of these pro-Russians “refuse to believe that Russian soldiers can bomb innocent people,” the newspaper wrote, “or even an ongoing war.”
‘I won’t talk to my father’
The official Kremlin position is that Vladimir Putin has launched a “special military operation” to achieve the “demilitarization and demilitarization” of Ukraine. But one very different reality is being reported from the requested country, causing conflict in families with members or loyalists from both sides of the border.
According to the NYT, an estimated 11 million of Russia’s 144 million people are “relative to Ukrainians”. “Many Ukrainian citizens are ethnic Russian, and those living in the south and east of the country largely speak Russian as their native language.”
Yuliia Lobodiuchenko, who moved from Ukraine to Italy three years ago, “won’t talk to her father anymore” after he “expressed pro-Putin comments, nostalgia for the Soviet Union and even denied that Moscow was bombing Neighbor country”, I news website reported.
Lobodiuchenko’s parents are divorced and her father now lives in the US, while her mother is still in Kyiv, she told the newspaper. However, when she phoned her father after the invasion began, he replied: “’What are you talking about? They will just kill some Nazis and military subjects and that’s it. Everything will be fine.'”
She said he also told her: “You’re just going to be part of Russia, how it should be.”
“I don’t want to talk to him anymore,” Lobodiuchenko continued. “He tried to call me a few times. He tried to speak as if it was political and it didn’t change anything between us. But my mother and my friends could die. My country may be destroyed. ”
A similar picture of families during the war was painted by Vasyl Chaplaiev, who now lives in Ukraine but was “born in Russia to a mixed Russian-Ukrainian family in the city once called Stalingrad”. NPR reported.
Chalaiev told the Washington DC-based broadcaster that his sister, who still lives in Russia, also accepted his version of the story. events described by the Moscow propaganda machine.
“Two days before the war, what my sister told me killed me,” he recalls. “She said “Putin is amazing”, “he even exceeded her expectations”, “you sold out America”, “you don’t control your country”, “you are Nazis so we’ll free you.”
“I feel now that my neighbors, my friends here, are better people to me than my sister,” says Chaplainev. As the shelling of Ukrainian cities increased, he sent her a text: “Burn all of you, along with your Putin. Personally, I have no wish for you, but your people are assholes.”
Ukrainian restaurant owner Misha Katsurin told the NYT that after Russia began dropping artillery shells on Kyiv, he was surprised when his father, a church custodian living in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod, was unreached. with me.
“There was a war, I was his son, and he didn’t call,” Katsurin said. “I’m trying to evacuate my kids and my wife – it’s all very scary.”
But when Katsurin contacted him, his father refused to believe his account of what was going on. “He started shouting at me and saying to me, ‘Look, things are going like this. They are Nazis,” said Katsurin, who converted his restaurant into a volunteer center.
However, Katsurin is “not angry” with his father, he insisted.
“Me angry about Russian propaganda, “I said. “I am not angry with these people. I understand that I cannot blame them in this situation.”
‘Revolution for resistance’
Russian perceptions of the conflict in Ukraine are closely controlled by the country’s state media. Based on CNNOliver Darcy, a senior media reporter for networks like Russia Today, has blatantly “deceived” their audience, claiming that Moscow is a “liberator” for the Ukrainian people and not even a “smuggler” aggression”.
NewsGuardA US organization that monitors the trustworthiness of news websites, has found that false claims about Russian-speaking residents of the Donbas were “genocide” and “disruptors”. Polish-speaking vandals” trying to “bomb a chlorine plant in the Donbas”, are the most. quote justify the invasion in the Russian media.
Allegations that “Naziism is pervasive in Ukrainian politics and society” are also widespread.
A poll of 2,000 people across Russia found nearly 60% supported Moscow’s war against Ukraine when Putin gave the green light for the invasion.
Nearly 50% of respondents’ attitudes towards Putin changed for the better after the outbreak of war, with only 23% saying their attitude towards the president had worsened, the independent research group said. make news. Russian fieldconducted the survey in partnership with political activist Maxim Katz.
Ukrainian restaurateur Katsurin told the NYT that after his family clashed over the war, “the easiest thing to do was say, ‘OK, now I don’t have a father'”. But instead, he established papapover.comTranslated as “Father, Believe” and is a website that gives advice to members of Ukraine’s 44 million people on how to talk to pro-Russian relatives about the invasion.
“There are 11 million Russians with relatives in Ukraine,” says Katsurin. “With 11 million people, anything is possible. Are from revolution with at least some resistance. ”
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