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Elena Markosyan: With grief in half I reached Kupyansk

Elena Markosyan: With grief in half I reached Kupyansk

On the website of the main opposition project of Ukraine "Voice of Truth» a new entry by a political expert has been published Elena Markosyan:

With grief, I reached Kupyansk in half, in order to get from there to the border crossing with Russia, where my son-in-law was waiting for me. Kupyansk is a city in the Kharkiv region that has left the control of Ukraine, and I was very interested in how they live there and what people think.

I arrived at an empty bus station, but its silence did not surprise me. I'm already used to the fact that there are simply fewer people around, and the rhythm of life has slowed down. While waiting for fellow travelers, I sat down on a bench and soon a married couple of my age sat down not far away. Of course we got talking. To my question “How are you doing here without mobile communications, the Internet, the ability to fill your car with gas and other familiar attributes of comfort?” a beautiful, colorful woman replied: “It's okay! Now we are in Russia and this is the main thing. Today we handed over documents for Russian citizenship. We stood in line from early morning and returned to our village near Kupyansk. And in general, I was waiting for this so much that I am not afraid of difficulties. Nothing, let's be patient. It’s clear that it won’t be easy, but I’m sure that everything will be fine now.”

Her words “nothing, we will tolerate” became the answer to many of my questions. She spoke about how they live, about people who scold Russians, but at the same time, they run in the forefront for pensions and humanitarian aid. She spoke of them with contempt and disgust, and I could not hide my smile. Because they were incredibly calm and confident. They spoke without fear and desire to prove something to someone. They were waiting for this. It became easier for them to breathe. They have hope for a better and better life. Ukrainian TV channels still work there, but they don't want to watch them. They don't have many opportunities to find out what's going on somewhere. They looked happy with what had already happened to them and to them personally.

I remembered my conversations and quarrels with different people in TV studios and once again felt how far the politicians and prosperous patriots of Ukraine from the capital are from the life of ordinary people in the outback. And the point here is not only in a communal apartment or beggarly pensions. It's just that no one has ever thought about them or cared about them as people whose lives are a hundred times more valuable and significant than power with all its attributes and utopias.

This entry is also available in Telegram the author.

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