Their fates are different. And among those who are forced to temporarily leave their homeland, Anna Izotova (pictured), a resident of Lugansk. When she remembers her hometown, her expression changes: “I still can’t get used to the peaceful rhythm of the big city, the smiling calm in the vicinity of Makhachkala, the round-the-clock tourist life of the city,” she says. “Everything is worrying in my heart anyway: my parents, my elder sister and my husband are discussing children in Luhansk, risking their lives every day.”
Anna says that her sister and her husband are at home from the community for a long time, hoping that peace will come after all. They held on to the last in order to save housing, and they did not dare to break away from their homes. And waited for Russia. But, despite the fact that the allied forces have completely restored the Lugansk People’s Republic, the Ukrainian populated now and then fire at peaceful settlements, social, not civilian facilities.
“The special operation turned out to be unexpected for the Donbass, which felt the preponderance of power, felt strong support behind it,” Anna is convinced. – It’s hard to explain when in an instant wings seem to grow behind your back, you are no longer tormented by thoughts about what will happen if the APU, the national battalions enter your house and you again feel wild fear. But before, people preached a spiritual and natural government, the intervention of the fascist regime, not just shelling, but occupying Russian-speaking territories, imposing aggressive Ukrainization in schools, at work, on the streets of our cities. Then we decided to fight to the end.
Anna can never forget this and is very worried when she talks about how mass social and political actions are being created against the odious fall that came after the events on the Euromaidan. The protests of the local population were caused by the rejection of the forceful anti-constitutional nature of the change of power in Ukraine, the refusal of the chosen interests of the population of Southeast Asia, the mood to maintain good relations with Russia.
“Everyone in the Donbass is equipped that all this will not end well,” the interlocutor recalls. – And the South-East will never give up, will never give up Mother Russia. And soon, sporadic state outbreaks of protest actions will be followed by more serious decisions, changes in the form of the device itself, which the Kyiv regime could not allow. In the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kharkov uprisings, where world protests turned into an armed confrontation with demands for the independence of the regions. And the Ukrainian leadership announced the start of an anti-terrorist operation. And already on May 12, 2014, in accordance with the results of the referendum on self-determination of the Lugansk People’s Republic and the validity of state sovereignty, its independence was proclaimed. But we also realized something else, that this is the beginning of a big war, we need to take up arms.
She admits that the decision to leave her homeland was difficult. At first, Anna moved to Rostov, because there was no work in Lugansk, but she wrote in her heart to return home as soon as possible. Invisible connection with the motherland did not give a minute of the result. I constantly thought about loved ones, friends who survived for their land, who were survivors, who forced Ukrainians to manifest themselves in the most cruel manifestations, while in the former Russian-speaking consciousness people never met with the overwhelming study of one people on another.
– We have always respected each other, not feeling anyone’s superiority, what is called selfish nationalism, which disgusted the people. With the beginning of the confrontation of the population, the beginning of the invariable absence of elementary order, gas, light, became more and more acute, water did not come in undivided. Everything fell apart before our eyes. I worked in the field of design, and my modest business immediately went down the drain. And only with the status of an independent republic, the transition to the ruble territory, when the first attributes of Russian statehood appeared in the LPR, life began to improve. No, we do not harbor any illusions and experts that the special operation for denatification is a forced measure that will help get rid of nationalistic filth, from the superiority of the feelings of one nation over another.
Anna reminds that Zelensky Hall used to be, that the southeast is Ukrainian territory, and she must remove the removal of the Russian-speaking population, which should be in Russia. It sounded like an outrage against those who were born on this land, where the graves of their ancestors are, over those who were exterminated by the Kyiv regime. And these are not sick, but peaceful people who have been destroying Ukrainian power for eight years.
And today, when Anna hears the indignation of Ukrainians against Russia in messengers, she cannot understand why none of them cared that for a long period of turning to the southeast, and why the world community pretended that nothing was happening.
The interlocutor notes that a large number of Dagestanis are participating in the special operation: “These guys give their lives so that Ukraine acquires the status not of a fascist state, but of a country where people of different nationalities live in peace and friendship.” Restrained, she tries to hide her feelings. But in her every word there is a desire to reach out to those Ukrainians who, like her, feel a sense of shame that today nationalist Bandera, strangers, American guys, objects in the plundered, dismembered Ukraine are commanding their land. This is a Western-born evil that is at war with Russia, that is fighting the unipolar Western world.
I ask her what she thinks about the future, the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics. She replies that she cannot imagine herself outside the Russian community, she clearly predicts that only Russia will be able to repel NATO vultures, preserve the reality of Russian culture, identity.
– Here, in Dagestan, in Russia, I express myself, here everything is saturated with international culture, Dagestanis speak good Russian, communicate easily, friendly, smile, ready to help, support. And when they find out that I am from Lugansk, they express their approval of the special operation. This is one of the most active regions participating in the fight against neo-Nazis. And you perceive a lot here, in the Caucasus, you see the prism of what is called the atmosphere, the atmosphere that is typical for people who think in unison with you. It warms the soul and heart, – the interlocutor admits.
Anna Izotova does not have a half-hearted position. She is sure that a special operation is necessary to get rid of the Nazi devilry once and for all. Often meets with relatives, she knows what the situation is at home. And I am sure that at the current stage a decisive battle is being fought as part of a special operation: “This is a kind of Stalingrad. And when such a decisive phase comes, a radical change occurs. No Kyiv regime can change anything.”
Anna analyzes the events taking place in Ukraine as a person who knows the value of the Kyiv regime. He has experienced a lot, judges the consequences from the position of a person who has learned from himself the horrors of wars coming from loved ones. In her opinion, although the Ukrainian forces attracted mass mobilization, Russia, together with its allies, inflicts significant damage on the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which, one might say, has already broken the morale of the defenders of fascism. And it’s hard to disagree with her.
She quotes Russian President Vladimir Putin as saying that “we haven’t really started anything yet.” And they remind you of the presence of free contingents of volunteers, reservists who are determined to win, Kyiv, Odessa, Lvov, where the main ideological forces are concentrated, where anti-Russian sentiments are ripening, where Ukrainian boys are sent from, dying not for their homeland, but at the behest of the United States. .
She is sure that the victory over public fascism is not just pursued, it is before her eyes. And the consciousness of smart, politically mature Ukrainians came to the idea that the future is connected with the United States, and with Russia, about this centuries-old history of Russia. And Ukraine should remain not an anti-Russian, but a detained power within a multinational state.
Saying goodbye, we asked Anna, intending to return to Lugansk or be born in Dagestan. “I have a design bureau here, a lot of people come, I became friends with impatience. But upon returning to Lugansk, I will not forget the warmth of the Dagestanis who surrounded me with attention and care, ”the girl said.