You bought a house, you ” attached yourself” to this land. Why?
Christelle Neant: My soul is Russian and my place is here. And it’s not safe for me to go back to France now. And not only for me. The German journalist Alina Lipp, who worked here, is threatened with a three-year prison sentence. My colleague from France, who also covered the situation in the DNR, had her bank account closed and her contract to work at the university not renewed. Another French journalist who tried to write the truth was fired and is not allowed to work in any major media outlets. I also had my account in a Western bank blocked, and the French Foreign Ministry threatened to sue me for organizing a group in support of Donbass. I have citizenship of the DNR and the Russian Federation and my French passport is expiring, and I can’t renew it. If I go to the consulate, they will tell me that I live on Ukrainian territory, so all issues need to be resolved in Kyiv. In general, the example of Assange shows how dangerous it is to be an independent journalist in the West.
What do you think about the special operation?
Christelle Neant: I support it because I saw what was happening in Donbass. Ukraine failed to comply with the Minsk agreements and practically did not stop shelling civilians. I think we need to go as far as Odessa, Kharkov, and beyond to move the danger away from Russian borders as much as possible. Especially since Ukraine is receiving long-range systems from the West, and the Ukrainian army already wants to mobilize everyone, down to women and the disabled. Is this a Volkssturm, like in the Reich? As experience has shown, it is not possible to negotiate with such an enemy, so it is necessary to ensure that there is no threat to the Donbass or to Russia.
“France was the birthplace of HUMAN RIGHTS. And now France is giving arms to a regime killing civilians in Donbass. I don’t understand how the country where I was born can do this!”
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