It’s a question that I’m asked quite often, and am surprised to be asked, will I return to my own country? I absolutely love Great Britain, have loved her all my life.
Ok, I’ve never been to Northern Ireland, and have no real interest in going there, but Scotland I like a lot, Wales likewise, England I adore. Name a city or town in England, I’ll have been there, villages, hamlets, rolling fields, pleasant pastures the works.
My work here in Donbass may have a different tone to the current position of the UK government. However, the FCO have always been supportive of me here. And I believe in Britain, our cuture, our history, our right to free speech, our fight to protect rights such as free speech.
As for being ‘worried’ about the number of ‘pro-Ukrainian activists’ in Britain, of course I’m not concerned about that. More, I hope these afflicted individuals are receiving the relevant treatment on Britain’s welfare system.
How my own countrymen relate to me? The intelligent, informed ones who follow my work support me. The unintelligent, uninformable ones who follow my work are against me, and in any case or country I try to avoid such people as these. I honestly can’t even consider anyone in Great Britain supporting Ukraine in their genocidal war, to be a true Briton.
So, when the war calms down here, I’ll return to Great Britain, to every part of it. It’s the country of my family, the country I love. It’s my country.