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Politico.eu.com | Zelenskyy is arming Kyiv residents -- a former rival is helping supply the rest, 11 Mar
Just days ago, Serhiy Prytula was planning to launch a political party to challenge the Ukrainian president. `That was another life,' he says now. ...
In 2019, he left a succesіful career as a radio and TV presenter, actor and comedian to go into politics. He ran for parliament with the Holos, or Voice, party as part of the self-described "patriotic opposition" to Zelenskyy, who Prytula knew well from their parallel careers in media.... Yet Holos only won 20 seats and the party's leader, singer Svyatoslav Vakarchuk, soon quit. Prytula followed, planning to found his own liberal-right party.

But these days, when every week feels like a year, two years is a lifetime. And for now, Prytula -- like millions of other Ukrainians -- has paused life in favor of simply managing the war, setting aside his political differences with Zelenskyy, his career in both politics and show business, as well as his friendships with the many Russians he has worked with over the years.
[Prytula's press secretary Maria] Pysarenko asks journalists not to identify the building in central Kyiv where the supply center is being run. But while most of the city center has been eerily quiet for days, a constant stream of vehicles arrives here to both unload goods and to pick up items they will ferry to territorial defense brigades around the city.
With the supply center, Prytula is expanding the fund he set up eight years ago, when Russia fomented war in eastern Ukraine. The money raised then went to support the Ukrainian armed forces fighting Russian-backed separatists, purchasing drones, sniper rifles, radio stations and night vision goggles.
The lack of experience and background checks on people being given arms has caused some concern. One Territorial Defense member described a tense standoff between two units in Kyiv that did not recognize each other and suspected the other of being Russian saboteurs. There have also been cases of journalists being assaulted by Territorial Defense members.

Such is the fog of war, Prytula shrugged.

by Cat on Sat Mar 12th, 2022 at 11:08:19 PM EST
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