Artur’s father, Oleg, is a colonel in the pro-Moscow forces. He stays in touch with his father by text but tries hard not to let hate consume him and avoid seeing his father as a traitor.


This article by Pjotr Sauer, writing for The Guardian, makes the following points:
  • While most young Ukrainians are concerned for the safety of their parents, Artur's father is fighting on the Russian side.
  • However, he tries to avoid hating his father.
  • Artur's father advised him: 'Don't pick up a gun—Kyiv will fall immediately.'
  • Artur did not follow his father's advice.
  • Artur took part in Ukraine's successful defence of Kyiv.


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