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A YouTube channel is documenting the views of everyday Russians about the war and whether it will escalate to World War 3.
So far, it has been difficult for the West to gauge the feeling of the Russian people about the war because of the country’s strict censorship rules.
Two Russian women were arrested within seconds of each other for attempting to voice their thoughts on the streets of Moscow. Journalists are also banned from calling the invasion a “war”.
But a YouTube channel is giving us a glimpse of what ordinary Russians really think about the war.
YouTube is one of the few social media sites that is not banned in the country and a channel called 1420 has been collecting the views of pedestrians on the war as it has gone on for almost four weeks.
In one video, the creator, named Daniil, walked the streets asking Moscow pedestrians if they expect “World War 3”.
One man replied: “I’m an optimist so I hope it won’t happen.”
Another young man said: “Unfortunately, yeah. Geopolitical powers always support this.”
One pedestrain said: “I think it’s unacceptable. People in the 21st century shouldn’t be at war with each other. At least because no death is can be justified by political values
Some were hopeful that a compromise will be reached between the two warring sides.
A man said, “No”, and went on to explain, “I believe there will be a compromise between Ukraine and Russia.”
But, one older lady who had clearly absorbed much of the propaganda disagreed, saying she thought it was possible.
She said: “I feel it in the atmosphere and what’s happening right now. I see how other countries treat us.
“I see what a hatred caused this situation. I’m just shocked. I didn’t expect such a reaction – that they [Ukraine] would resist so much. That there would be such support from the West.
“I’m really surprised. For them, Ukraine is kinda testing the ground? Why are they helping Ukraine? These are international relations between Russia and Ukraine.
“Why [do] they support them so much? What do they want? Maybe they are testing their weapons? It’s outrageous.”
Meanwhile, some others in the clip seemed fearful to answer. One young man said: “Nah, it’s provoking, I cannot answer.”
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