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Babushka Z: The woman who became a Russian propaganda icon

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Posted: 15/06/22 - 13:03
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An elderly Ukrainian woman brandishing a red Soviet flag has become the unlikely face of Kremlin propaganda after a video of her encounter with Ukrainian soldiers went viral. The BBC tracked down "Babushka Z" to try to establish the truth behind the incident.

"I don't think they should glorify me. I am just a peasant woman. I don't understand why I've become a celebrity."

The woman who has become known as Babushka Z - "grandmother" in Russian, the Z referring to the symbol often painted on armoured vehicles - is gobsmacked when the BBC shows her photos of her newfound fame. "I've never seen any of it," she says.

The video shows her walking towards two Ukrainian soldiers holding a red Soviet flag.

The soldiers say they have arrived to help and offer her a bag of food. Then they take the flag off her, throw it on the ground and stamp on it. So the woman, feeling insulted, gives the food back to them. "My parents died for that flag in World War Two," she says, indignantly.

I Call True: A well played bit of propaganda for Russia that plays well to their agenda, interesting that she is apparently so humble with it.

Lets be honest both sides are as bad as each other with the information war with Ukraine having played similar cards

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15 days
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The majority of people living in Eastern Ukraine favour being part of Russia, and haven't been under full Ukrainian control since 2014.
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Both sides seize any opportunity for positive propaganda.
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Funny how one image can unite people behind a cause, much like the images released from Ukraine of war torn cities with bloody victims (that were from other wars) have been used to crystallise and call the West to their aid