‘We have no idea who we’re fighting for’: rnalists interview ‘Granny Anya,’ the elderly Ukrainian woman whose Soviet nostalgia made her an icon of Russian war propaganda

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Since early April, Kremlin propaganda has celebrated "Granny Anya" as a symbol of supposed Ukrainian popular support for Russia's "special military operation." Anna Ivanovna Ivanova, a 69-year-old woman who lives in Velyka Danylivka (a town outside Kharkiv), became an icon in Russia after appearing in a viral Internet video where she greeted a group of soldiers with a Soviet flag and said she was praying for Vladimir Putin. More recently, however, Ukrainian officials released an interview with Ivanova, revealing that the war had forced her and her husband to flee their home. Correspondents from BBC Russia met with Ivanova (who's returned to Velyka Danylivka) and learned that she opposes Russia's invasion and wishes only for peace. Meduza summarizes what Anna Ivanova told the BBC. Original Article: https://meduza.io/en/feature/2022/05/16/maybe-the-lord-himself-sent-me

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