(p. A4) EASTERN Ukraine –— After a year of war, I remember most the things people said.
Svetlana, a woman in her 60s from Kharkiv, standing amid the press of refugees at a train station, explained why Russian-speaking Ukrainians like her, who had lived half their life in the Soviet Union, did not want to live under Russian control.
“We have felt a whiff of freedom,” she said. “After that, you don’t want to go back.”
For the full commentary, see:
Gall, Carolotta. “We Have Felt a Whiff of Freedom.” The New York Times (Saturday, February 25, 2023): A4.
(Note: on 2/27/23, I spent time searching for the online version of this article on the NYT web site and failed to find it.)