Two months of war. European media journalists shared their impressions

FILE – A woman puts her head in her hands as she sits on a cot in a shelter, set up for displaced persons fleeing Ukraine, inside a school gymnasium in Przemysl, Poland, March 8, 2022. Around 2.5 million people have fled Ukraine in the two weeks since Russia invaded. Most have fled to the European Union. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File)

On April 24, exactly two months since the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began. Correspondents of world and Ukrainian media reported what they were most impressed by  two months into full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Stefan Sioan (Libération, France)

The correspondent, who has been living in Kyiv for eight years, said he was struck by two things during the full-scale Russian invasion. The first is the number of his acquaintances who went to war or decided to do something for the country. The journalist was also shocked by the atrocities of the occupiers in Bucha. According to him, we still do not understand what Bucha and Borodyanka will mean for history in five or 10 years.

Piotr Andrusechko (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

The journalist told that at first he was in Kyiv, and then began traveling to regions – Odesa, Mykolaiv, Kharkiv, Donbas. He was most impressed during the war by people who marched unarmed in the temporarily occupied territories against the Russian military.

“It just surprised me then. Because you can do it. I think it’s a shock for the Russian military who are armed with machine guns, that someone can come out against them ,unarmed, and say, “This is Ukraine, this is not your place.”

Milan Lelich (RBC-Ukraine)

Was struck by the power of the Ukrainian people, government and troops, with which they can resist the overwhelming forces of Russia. The journalist said that after the liberation of Kyiv region he traveled with a colleague to the local villages.

“Of course, I’ve seen millions of reports before about what happened there. But still, as every journalist knows, when you see it with your own eyes, it shocks even quite experienced people who have been in the war since 2014. The stories of destruction are impressive, “Lelich admitted.

Gulliver Craig (France 24)

The journalist remembered the meme that appeared after the cruiser Moscow went to the sea bottom after the attack of the Armed Forces: a soldier who sends a ship in a known direction before it sinks, and does the same after.

“It symbolizes the Ukrainian rebuff on Russian attack. I don’t think even the most optimistic people thought that Ukrainian troops and society in general would do so well,” Craig said.

Evgeniya Motorevska, (hromadske,Ukraine)

According to her, the worst thing she has seen in two months of full-scale war are atrocities and war crimes committed by Russians. They cannot be forgiven, understood, and justified.

“Everyone understands that war is always military death, it’s a lot of deaths, but when I saw what was happening in Bucha, it’s a state where you don’t want to live. You can’t recover from that, “she said.

Source: NV

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