The Struggle of Russians in Ukraine: Galina’s Story
Galina, a legal Russian living in Ukraine, is facing discrimination and uncertainty due to her citizenship status. Despite being born in Ukraine, speaking Ukrainian, and having a husband serving in the Ukrainian army, Galina’s legal status as a Russian citizen has put her in a difficult position.
Living in a village south of Vinnytsia, Galina is unable to access certain services and fears her bank account could be blocked due to her citizenship. She is also unable to access free state health services and faces challenges in registering her child’s birth.
With the Russian embassy in Ukraine closed and diplomatic relations between Kyiv and Moscow disintegrated, Galina and thousands of other Russians in Ukraine are living in uncertainty. The process of applying for a Ukrainian passport or citizenship is complicated, and there are no guarantees that they wouldn’t face repercussions from Russia.
Despite her struggles, Galina refuses to hold Ukraine accountable and places the blame on Russia for her situation. Her story sheds light on the challenges faced by Russians living in Ukraine amidst the ongoing conflict.