“Over the beach”: Russians and Ukrainians clashed abroad

MOSCOW, January 15 — RIA Novosti, Igor Gashkov. The complex relationship of Russia and Ukraine affect the citizens of both countries travelling abroad. Domestic tourists, fans, diplomats, scholars and students are constantly faced with the malevolence of the representatives of the neighbouring countries. Moreover, due to the mass labour migration in Europe the Ukrainians to the Russians often explicit numerical superiority. At times clashed — the former fraternal peoples abroad obviously don’t get along. Details — in the material RIA Novosti.
Joint exercises of the Ukrainian Navy and the United States

After 2014, when the government in Kiev has changed, critics of the Maidan forced a public space. Biased one-sided propaganda of the Ukrainians were looking for an opportunity to Express a negative attitude towards Russians — and found it at a middle Eastern resorts available to citizens of both countries. In 2014, Turkey clashes continue between tourists advocating for and against the reunification of the Crimea with Russia. Social networks mention mutual insults, assault and battery, incitement of ethnic hatred.

In 2017, Russian and Ukrainian tourists fight on the beach in the United Arab Emirates because of the song “Holy war”. Our fellow citizens angered supporters of the Maidan, sharply and unkindly discussing the events in the Donbass. One of the participants of the incident, admitted she felt so hurt that “fists itch”.

Tensions between citizens of Russia and Ukraine recognize the operators of the tourist business. In conversation with RIA Novosti industry professionals stressed the important caveat. Russian consumers are not request to sidestep the Ukrainians on foreign resorts. But the citizens of neighboring countries often set absolutely irreconcilable.
Passport of citizen of Ukraine
“The enthusiasm for the Maidan”

In addition to resort areas, Ukrainians and Russians are sometimes face-to-face in the countries where after the introduction of a visa-free regime massively rushed migrant workers from Ukraine. Most often it is Eastern Europe or state of Scandinavia, appealing to many due to the high social guarantees. In November 2017 clashed in the Czech Republic, where the organization “Praha’s Maidan” is gathering signatures for tougher anti-Russian sanctions. Sparring in the open air ended in a fight that had to be stopped by the local police.

In Sweden, according to the Russian expatriate Alexei Sakhnin, the tension between people from two countries supported by the Ukrainian Embassy, the direction of working with the politically active part of the Diaspora. “After the first Maidan all had a lot of emotions — people were fighting, but then at the household level, the tension began to go out, — says Sakhnin. — However, this is not true of those who are obsessed with politics. Group these people belong to the diplomats. But there should be noted certain dynamics. During the Maidan Ukrainians have a rise — were constant conferences and events of various kinds. Then came the disappointment. Today the Ukrainian political movement abroad have become routine. This affects all the natives of this country, not excluding those who came from the Western part. Many complain about life, willing to communicate in Russian, the enthusiasm for independence or desire to identify with its leaders is no more.”

According to Sakhnin, the people from our country can be seen the opposite trend. “The local press is dominated by anti-Russian sentiment. Many of our compatriots, living abroad, felt himself in a kind of ghetto. As a result, the Pro-Russian community in Sweden mobilized they are more active than Pro-Ukrainian. Some people are outraged by what is happening with Russian-speaking events. So many angry story of a former Russian citizen, expelled from the Swedish Liberal party for the post in social networks about ownership of the Crimea”, — says Sakhnin.
A supporter of European integration on the barricades in Independence square in Kiev. December 2013
Ukrainians are fighting among themselves

Many interlocutors RIA Novosti notes that overseas political division passes through the Ukrainian Diaspora. As the authorities have banned criticism of the Maidan, those who disagree go abroad. This is especially true of the Ukrainian left, not seeing a place for himself in society, imbued with far-right sentiments. One of such displaced persons — Andrei Movchan, who first moved to Madrid and then to Barcelona. “If I had stayed in Ukraine, it is quite likely, I would be killed or maimed. The police and security service to the rank and file and leadership positions now a lot of Nazis and nationalists, with whom I had conflict. But then we were equals, and now they have power and weapons,” he says.

Often leave Ukraine residents of Eastern regions close to the ATO (as in Kiev called military operation in the Donbass). That the Ukrainians living abroad, fighting over the policy, told RIA Novosti donchanka Elena Geller, who moved to Germany: “I know two young guys, one of the Donbass, the other from Galicia. Both were taken from Ukraine at the age of ten or eleven years; both are very sociable and capable. They were good friends before the war. Some time later tried to communicate. Then one was found. Agreed that each other have no complaints, but with a renewal of friendship yet nothing comes out.”