The first shot from the Russian "Grad" from the territory of the Russian Federation at Ukrainian defenders who has almost closed the corridor for arms and militants flowing into Donbas finally buried the myth of "fraternal nations." This gave a start to a long period of Ukrainian-Russian confrontation in Donbas, which, in fact, is not significantly rejected by the Russian public.
In an interview with UNIAN, chief of socio-cultural research department at the largest Russian sociological agency Levada-Center, Aleksey Levinson explained why it was so easy for the Russians to agree on war with Ukraine, and why they simply reject any information that does not correspond to the picture drawn by the state TV. Russian mass consciousness fails to understand why Ukraine, which "never existed," has chosen Europe and is moving away from the Russian world. And the main "sin" of Ukrainians is that they are now walking the path from which the Russians have personally chosen to turn. The expert warns that Russian society is overheated enough to suggest that a minimum effort in certain propaganda tricks will lead to a full-scale invasion of Ukraine far beyond the borders of Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
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