Item Staff writer Oksana Kotkina is originally from Russia.
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Kotkina: Russian Dreams, Russian Nightmares

We. Are. Bombing. Ukraine. That morning I woke up and realized it was true. It was unbelievable. 

I knew the names of the places my country was bombing now from my childhood. Every Russian did. We had a war there. It was the Great Patriotic War when the Russians and the Ukrainians aside were fighting against the Nazis. The real Nazis, not the Nazis that were invented by somebody’s unhealthy mind. 

I knew that the Nazis came to our motherland, and they wanted to kill us, because they thought both the Russians and the Ukrainians, as well as the people of Belarus and other former Soviet countries were not up to …

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