23 Nov 2022 20:57
For two days, Russian and Ukrainian social networks have been circulating video footage of an incident in a Kiev suburban railway, which, according to the advert, happened in the car on Monday evening.
The recordings were made inside an S-Bahn or suburban train. According to the stop display, it is November 21, 6:23 p.m., in rush hour traffic. The Soviet-type railway is correspondingly full. The seats are arranged in groups of six on each side of the car and are fully occupied that evening. Some passengers even have to stand in the aisle between the bench seats.
A heated discussion is going on in the first seating compartment towards the exit. It’s not entirely clear how many of the passengers are taking part, three or four voices can be heard. The woman sitting in the corner seat by the window, facing the camera, doesn’t participate. Instead, she demonstratively looks out the window. It’s dark outside, everyone is wearing winter clothes and the car’s display shows the outside temperature at regular intervals: + 1 degree Celsius.
Two people are particularly excited: a man sitting next to the bystander looking out the window, probably in his thirties – and diagonally across from him a middle-aged woman sitting in the window seat with her back to the camera, maybe forty, maybe fifties, maybe sixty. She wears a colorful striped knitted hat on her head. The discussion appears to be about war crimes committed by the Ukrainian side, and the word “murderer” is used several times. The man counters with allegations against Russia, but is difficult to understand. Both speak Russian without an accent, Kyiv. The end of the film, who is two seats down the aisle, does not accidentally let his camera run. Because the discussion is more than just tense and controversial, something is brewing noticeably.
Now the woman says something that will piss off the man opposite her:
“Russia came to protect us.”
The man visibly blushes, claws his fingers into twitching figures, ready to hand like a vulture:
“Dhat makes me nervous, I’m going to kill you now, you know?”
The uninvolved woman at the window turns away from it, looks alternately at the man and the woman in the striped cap. She wants to say something, but catches herself at the last second and continues to look around in silence.
A strong female voice sounds from the background, presumably one of the standing passengers:
“Bazaar, train station and off to Russia! Bazaar, train station and off to Russia!”
The phrase is repeated several times.
Whoever is speaking is not in the camera’s sights: all the other passengers, apart from the two “debaters” and the awake but silent woman at the window in the first seat compartment, ostentatiously look away, have immersed themselves in their mobile phones, and show no emotion.
The man’s tension vents in a suggestion:
“Let’s throw her off the train.”
Two voices of invisible women one after the other:
“Yes, let’s do it. Yes, let’s do it!”
These voices too: Russian, accent-free, Kyiv. The “Let’s do it!” is repeated several times.
Another female voice from the background, probably addressed to the man, asks:
“And why aren’t you in the war? That’s enough! Talking with your mouth, there are enough of them…”
The woman in the colorful striped hat then becomes bolder:
“Come on, come on, throw me out! I was sitting here and I didn’t even touch you.”
The man grabs her, waving his hands while sitting, the woman defends herself.
The silent woman at the window turns out to be a “real” Ukrainian: For the first time either Ukrainian or Russian with a Ukrainian accent can be heard in this car, in this video:
“Calm down, what’s the matter with you? Are you quite (crazy)? There are people sitting here… You’re not normal!”
She speaks while looking at the man.
The man grabs the foot of the person sitting opposite him, turns it:
“One more time and I’ll break your leg!”
Now he gets up, grabs her arm, turns it on her back:
“Are you a Separatist?”
On the last syllable one hears a slight “Little Russian” accent for the first time, such as Gorbachev had.
The woman frees herself from the grip, the man backs away:
A male voice in the background:
“Somebody call the police!”
“What police? You can see who the woman is.”
He turns back to the woman, pushes her back onto the bench, grabs her neck:
“Shut up. If you are against the Ukrainian army, die now. I will strangle you!”
One of the passengers in the second seat compartment took his eyes off his cell phone for a moment and turned to the people who were arguing. When the death threat falls, he turns away again and begins to coil up the charger cord. The person sitting next to him continues to stare motionless at the monitor, as he has the whole time.
The Ukraine fan grabs his opponent’s neck and bangs her head against the pane of the train window in one powerful movement. The woman screams. The first video breaks off here.
second video The end of the film has gone back down the aisle. The camera now also opens up a view of those standing further down the aisle, whose voices were previously heard from the background, as well as other passengers seated in other compartments.
A woman in the third seating compartment shows above-average interest in what is happening, turns to the quarrel several times and smiles.
In front, the melee between the two protagonists from the first seating compartment continues. Now the woman is standing too, is pushed back onto the bench by the man and stands up again. The man disappears behind the door, the Ukrainian woman who was sitting next to him gets up and moves to another compartment. The “separatist” remains alone for the time being:
“I’m going to be killed, don’t you see?”
General amusement in the car. The second video ends.
Third video. The display above the aisle shows 18:25 as the time. The Ukraine friend with Gorbachev’s dialect has returned with three other men: stocky, black jackets, black knitted sports caps on their heads. One grabs the woman, takes a firm grip on her from behind, wrestles with her. The other passengers are absorbed in their own affairs. The laughing woman from the third compartment, middle seat, indicates to the filmer that he should stop filming.
Just at that moment, the “separatist” in the first compartment begins to scream in pain. The passengers show no emotion. Only the woman in the middle seat scolds the end of the film, points to her neighbor. Then she indicates by waving her hand that she thinks he’s stupid.
The “separatist” keeps screaming, you can now see that one of the men is twisting and tugging at her arm, another pushes her out of the seating area into the entry room. The third video also ends.
We don’t know what happened next. Oleg Tsarev, the former long-serving Rada deputy and now “separatist leader,” seems to know more. He writes that the woman was thrown off the train but is alive:
“So far it has come. An electric suburban train in Kyiv. A woman was beaten who dared to object and claim that Putin came to Ukraine to protect the Russians from the Nazis. When the woman from “When she was thrown from the car, no one stood up for her and she will remain silent in the future. At least it’s good that she wasn’t killed. And the others who survive in Ukraine will also remain silent. That’s how it will remain, if not ours Army is coming and liberating Ukraine.”
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