The war in Ukraine, which began with the invasion of the Russian army on February 24, is still continuing. Eastern European countries, including Ukraine, and the Czech Republic, have been focusing on game development business since the 2000s. There are many game developers that have been interrupted by game lovers, as there are many global hit titles, but for this war. The fact that it is drawn in Military FPS, which has been developed a lot in Eastern European countries, and the destruction and murder that exceeds it, is just a nightmare event, a tragedy. I can’t say it.
I went to Ukraine and had the opportunity to interview a journalist Ryoji Fujiwara, who had seen the local situation. In 2016, following the Donbus War coverage from the Russian side, this time he entered Ukraine in early March, and mainly saw the people in the surrounding area, mainly Rivi (Lvov), Kiwu (Kyiv) and their surrounding areas.
Readers who are interested in Ukraine and neighboring countries through games and may be in contact with various information and views that are conveyed in connection with this war should be understood and understand. What is it? I would like to be able to receive hints for that from the local and raw words of journalists who have seen the people who live there.
Russia and Ukraine: Russian wars that have been continued
―― Thank you for your cooperation today. When you hear what is happening between Russia and Ukraine, you have to remember the settings and storyline of “S.T.A.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl” (2007), which is a successful work of Ukrainian game maker GSC Game World. Hmm. I think that the enemy was drawn in the past, so to speak, “something like an old Soviet Union,” but the strong message similar to a shout, “Please leave a good Ukraine” remains in the impression. I am.
Ryoji Fujiwara (hereinafter referred to as Fujiwara): I don’t know the game at all, but Ukraine had an orange revolution ( *) in 2004, and I was aware that I wanted to leave the Soviet Union and Russia. As it was growing, I feel that there was such a background if it was developed in 2007.
* The announcement of the election of the parent Russian sect Yanukovich in the 2004 presidential election, and the election has eventually re -elected, mainly appealing to the election of the parent EU faction Yushichenko. To The parent EU school Yushchenko will be the president again. The orange is a symbol color of the Yushchenko.
―― I feel that Russia’s invasion is, in a sense, an event in this context. In the sense of Putin’s intention rather than Russia, Ukraine is trying to be swallowed again.
Fujiwara: One difference is that in that game, I think there was an option to add an attack on what seems to be Russia’s concept, but in this case, in Russia in Russia. The side invaded unilaterally, and Ukraine was not even given options, and was involved in the war. There is a question that it can be simply compared.
– That’s right. Nevertheless, I think that there was a climp annexation in 2014, and the western countries have overlooked Russia’s movements at this time. In that sense, there will be a problem with the relationship that has been continuing forever.
Fujiwara: More specifically, it’s a Syrian civil war that started in 2011. It is said to be a civil war, but it began with a “civil war” that had to be cooled, and the Syrian dictator had suppressed the people to maintain their power.
And Iran and Russia intervened. Despite the fact that Russia fired and bombed the citizens, the western countries did not do anything.
If you go back further, there was something like that in the case of Russian invasion of Chechen. The reason we did thoroughly during the Syrian Civil War, but we didn’t get involved in the international community, so Russia said, “Oh, we can do this. Europe and the United States can’t say anything.” It made me feel.
――I have learned in a bad sense.
Fujiwara: It was parallel with the trend on the Crimean Peninsula, Donetsu, Runsuk (Lugansk) – In the Dongbus region, the Russian army sending troops to make one -sided independence. That’s it.
――It’s about the so -called Donbus War timing.
Fujiwara: That’s right. It is said that there was a mass restructuring of the Russian army in 2012, where the surplus employees were hired by private military organizations, and those who mainly wanted money went to Syria. Wagner groups and those people. It is said that those who had the ideological thing that aimed for the former Soviet Union, or those who were aiming for Great Russianism, went to Donetsk or Lehansk and joined the army there.
– Donetsk and Runsk itself are originally Russian residents, but it is said that it is unlikely that it will be independent in internal. Rather, isn’t it a fuss that the people who received Russian intentions entered.
Fujiwara: I went to Donetsuk in 2016 for interviews, but at that time it was coverage from Russian side. We also interviewed Russian residents and soldiers who have joined Russia, and those who have been damaged locally. Of course, I couldn’t get to the testimony that there were conflicts between ethnic groups, dissatisfaction with the government, but there were large -scale oppression and slaughter.
There was also sporadic attacks in apartments where Russian residents live, and I went to the trace and heard about the residents. It was a reality that it was not possible to confirm whether it was on the side.
Interview with the people who live there and testimony cannot be criticized for those who live in the Russian -dominated area of Donetsk and Russia. The only testimony can be obtained.
There was no confirmation of Russia’s reasons for the invasion of Russian residents, or that it would lead to such a large -scale thing.
――I can you think of it as a conclusion of the 2016 Donetsu cover?
Fujiwara: I feel so. This time, I only went to Kiu, but I felt that Donetsu’s interview, so when there was a movement that Russia was planning to invade Ukraine from the end of last year, Russia said. I had to think that the story of massacre and repression against Russian Ukrainians was an eyebrows.
A dark urban area, surprisingly calm wartime system
– This time you went to Rivi and Kiu. By the time he returned to Japan, did Kiu regain his daily life?
Fujiwara: I entered the western Riviu on March 5th, and then moved to Kiu and was located for about two and a half and a half. It was April 6 that I left Kiu. Bucha was released around April 1st, and it was now sold to sell sake that had been banned from the start of the war on April 4, but there were almost no restaurants and shops open until then. There were few. From the time when Ilpin and Bucha were released, I had the impression that the number of people had increased a little.
There are many companies in the center of Kiu, so the store was closed everywhere in the latter half of March when the battle was intense, but when it becomes a residential area of 5-7 km away from the surrounding area. People were walking in the daytime, and some retail stores were open.
――By the way, can electricity be used normally?
Fujiwara: It could be used normally in places that were not attacked. However, the center of the city of Kiu was doing light control, and in March it was completely dark because there was no light anywhere. The hotel room was also told to close the curtains at night. It may be dark because it is an office district, but when it was April 2 or 3, when I enjoyed a cigarette on the roof of the hotel before going to bed, the lights came out. I noticed that. The number is gradually increasing, and just before returning, I can see the light.
— Isn’t it a situation where food is lacking? From the Japanese perspective, war, for example, a “fire grave”, has the image of not only eating but also everything.
Fujiwara: The supermarket had some food. However, the road was no longer smooth and the distribution was delayed, and there were times when raw vegetables and milk were small. There were a lot of processed foods such as ham, including imported products. I think it’s because processed products can be brought from a distance as much as possible.
Prices were not stupid, and the wartime system was laid out in a very good order. Checkpoints (checkpoints) are tremendous traffic jams, but there is no interrupted and troubles, and it is an impression that a calm and orderly life continued.
――A return to the question of the invasion itself, but the Russian side claims “protection of Japanese residents” is just a very popular reason for the war, and this time it has somehow unnecessary impression. It’s about how you received it in the first place.
As mentioned earlier, in connection with the lie related to the Iraqi war that George Bush JR has done, Russia’s invasion of armed forces one after another at the time when the United States is very difficult to move is overlooked in the international community. It has been. I wonder if that was the result of being accumulated as a bad learning.
Fujiwara: When government troops used chemical weapons to residents in opposition areas of opposition in Syria, I had a moment when the United States and the United Kingdom would intervene, but in the end, I was opposed to public opinion. I didn’t have a military intervention.
– In fact, President Obama at that time (for the use of chemical weapons) is making a red line remark.
Fujiwara: Yes. President Obama, as well as his own remarks, consulted with Congress about military intervention in Syria, but he was opposed. There is no doubt that the Syrian people have a desperate feeling that “we were abandoned by the international community.” There were various units, from moderate to al -Qaeda, and various foreigners on the Syrian Civil War, but it is strong when people on the opposition look for a way to protect themselves. Since the units are the predecessor of the al -Qaeda and Islamic countries, the Syrian dissidents have joined, and their organizations have grown rapidly. It’s not because the Syrians were identified by al -Qaeda and IS.
――I said the Assad administration was more scary.
Fujiwara: When the Syrian government used chemical weapons or repeated airstrikes, the images were full of SNS, especially for those who are rescue on the local opposition. For them, Russia creates fake news that intentionally reduces reliability. This is the case with Russian state -owned media such as “Sputnik” and “RT”, and the rescue that actually existed on SNS using all the influencers in Europe, the United States and Canada, and other countries. The play is completely penetrated as fake news. Later, AFP communications were verified, and some of them were finally clear.
Russia has done the same thing in Syria, and has responded that many people are deceived by it. That’s why I have done the same thing in this invasion of Ukraine.
– In that sense, it’s a Russian trick that continues from Syria.
Hidden truth… is that really true?