Nataliya Gumenyuk: The Saddest Irony of Putin’s War on Ukraine

From a Washington Post column by Nataliya Gumenyuk headlined “The saddest irony of Putin’s war on Ukraine”:

Nataliya Gumenyuk, the founder of the Public Interest Journalism Lab, is a Ukrainian author and journalist specializing in foreign affairs and conflict reporting.

KYIV, Ukraine — Russians and Ukrainians actually understand each other well. That is perhaps the biggest and saddest irony of this perverse, unnecessary war.

We know each other’s mentalities. We understand each other’s languages. We share a Soviet past. And yet this sense of familiarity underlines just how different our two countries are.