In the western media, we often ready about ‘brave’ Ukrainian soldiers, ‘defending their land from Russian invasion‘ etc etc. Yet, I know another side – due to my status as a ‘hate figure’ for some in Ukraine, because of their media’s campaign against me due to my work not matching their own version of events – Ukrainian soldiers not infrequently contact me, often through the ‘Russian Facebook’, Vkontakte.
This happened again just a few days ago, when a man called Ivan Oguta sent me some messages, asking for my phone number to ‘ball me out’ –
Ivan is a 23-year-old man, his Vkontakte profile gives his hometown as Brest, as in Belarus, but it’s not definite he’s from there, and in any case he’s clearly serving in the Ukrainian army –
Text in Ukrainian here, about a soldier’s life –
‘One country, one Ukraine’ – written here –
Lots of standard-style soldier snaps:
Ivan clearly likes the ladies:
And his friends:
And his friends seem to share his own political views!
And just in case there were any, any doubt of his affiliations, Ivan has posted these:
Don’t just take my word for it by the way, click here to see for yourself. And this is far, far from the first time I’ve written about neo-Nazism in the Ukrainain army, Ivan is far from an exception. And yet, the west just keeps on supporting Ukraine…