Article – “How Russia Treats Its Ukraine Veterans. Returning volunteer fighters have been treated more like an inconvenience than as national heroes.”

By Christopher Miller

Russian volunteer Andrei Kamayev arrived in war-torn eastern Ukraine in late September 2014, bursting with patriotic bravado and convinced that he was following in the footsteps of his grandfather—a Soviet intelligence officer in World War II—by fighting against “fascists and Nazis.”

Using terms propagated by the Kremlin to describe Ukrainian government forces fighting Russia-backed separatists, the 49-year-old Kamayev admits to other motives for joining up: He also wanted to help restore the Russky Mir, or “Russian World,” and stave off the perceived encroachment of NATO.

More at: https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2017/08/how-russia-treats-its-ukraine-veterans/537330/?utm_source=fbb


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