ZEIT-Online suggests (use google translate). The interview was allegedly conducted today on the very day of parliamentary elections in Ukraine.One son joined Ukrainian volunteer troops to fight in the East while his brother and his mother sympathize with the pro-Russian separatists. This is how far division amongst some Ukrainian families is apparently going when it comes to the conflict in Eastern Ukraine as an interview from German magazine
this family still seems to come along although they have totally
different political point of views, the interview tells a different
story on relations within a wider group of people – neighbors and
inhabitants of a municipality. Since this family’s son left to fight for
Kiev, neighbors and (former) friends avoid the rest of the family or
openly call them “fascists” for the son’s support for Kiev – even though
the mother and the other son support the separatists.
One interview by a German news magazine can not be basis for a
broader and certain conclusion, but it hints on the possibility of a
wider friction within the Ukrainian society that can not be repaired by
just having elections. When distrust and lack of common understanding
start to poison human relationships and no cure can be found, the risk
of a civil war grows.
When friends split up, neighbors stop talking to
each other, because of different political point of views the seed of
hate, spread by persons who need unrest in order to gain or stay in
power, has a fertile ground. Avoiding and verbally attacking each other
can grow in a steady process to suddenly erupting physical violence and
atrocities. History is full of examples where peaceful communities ended
up in slaughtering each other, because of differences of any kind.
In some parts of Ukraine we currently experience the same process of
inner alienation within a society all in an atmosphere of distrust and
accusations. Needless to say that – as in other historical examples –
such a process is often fueled by outside powers and other parties who
benefit from the situation or an escalation.
In the case of Ukraine one
fire is fueled by Ukrainian government and Western media while the other
fire is fed by Russian media. When both fires have grown too big, an
potentially devastating effect becomes an imminent threat, but this
might actually even be the intention of some players in this “game” as
it unfortunately does not seem to be over yet – regardless of the
parliamentary elections today.