After the Russian invasion, a global split between Ukrainians and Russians took place - President of Ukraine2022-03-27 21:00:00 | ID: 67063
After the beginning of the full-scale armed aggression of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, a deep historical and cultural split between Ukrainians and Russians took place, which is unlikely to be overcome in the coming years. This was stated by President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy in an interview for Russian media from "Zygar" YouTube channel, "Rain" TV channel, "Meduza" portal, "Kommersant" and "Novaya Gazeta".
The Head of State stressed that after February 24, Ukrainians began to treat Russians much worse, losing the emotional component of attitude not only to Russia itself, but also to the people of this country.
"A global historical and cultural split took place during this month. It's not just a war, I think it's much worse," said Volodymyr Zelenskyy.
The President noted that some Russians were forced to leave their country in protest against the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but the majority of the population supports the actions of the Russian authorities.
"I think this is the worst disappointment that has happened. Disappointment that turned into hatred of the nations. I have no answer as to how it can be returned, there is no answer as to whether it will ever return," the head of state said.
Volodymyr Zelenskyy stressed that the Russian occupiers are committing horrific crimes, destroying the cities and villages of Ukraine, leaving no infrastructure.
"They enter. If the local government or someone does not want that - the local government is abducted. People are starting to shout something - everything is burned out," the President said.
According to the President, such actions will provoke the growing hatred of Ukrainians for everything related to Russia, including the culture and language of this country.
"Vladimir Putin has done the worst for the Russian language. I believe the damage is irreparable. Of course, people outside of Russia will sometimes be embarrassed to speak Russian in any society. This was the case after the war, as a result of which a specific aggressor was recognized in the world," Volodymyr Zelenskyy said.
The President of Ukraine stressed that before the war some Ukrainians were loyal to Russia, but now, when the aggressor destroyed their cities and killed their relatives, this attitude has changed to hatred.