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    in New York, the conflict has upset the life of the district of Little Odessa

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    Alexis Guilleux, edited by Ophelie Artaud
    10:08 a.m., August 11, 2022

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    The war, which began six months ago, has disrupted the lives of millions of people, including the United States. In the big apple, the district of Little Odessa is where the largest Russian-speaking community in the country lives, and where Russians and Ukrainians have lived in peace until now. But the war changed their relationship, and their daily life.

    The war in Ukraine started six months ago. A conflict that has disrupted the lives of millions of people around the world, including in the New York neighborhood of Little Odessa where the largest Russian-speaking community in the United States lives. Europe 1 went to meet them.

    “The war changed our relations”

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    When exiting the metro, Cyrillic replaces the Latin letters on store fronts. Felix is ​​Ukrainian, he has lived in the United States for 30 years. He waits in front of a shop decorated with blue and yellow flags. “The war changed our relations a lot. Before, Russians and Ukrainians, we were like brothers. Not anymore because they always defend Russia”, he regrets. In Little Odessa, 45% of the inhabitants speak a Slavic language. Many fled Russia in the 1990s.

    Denice left Moscow with her mother just before the start of the war. He is now a waiter in a Ukrainian restaurant. “I don’t agree with the war, that’s why I work with Ukrainians. We are like a family here, we support each other. Sometimes there are pro-war Russians , but I don’t talk to them anymore”, explains the young man.

    Everyone assures us that the district massively supports Ukraine in this conflict. A war experienced as a heartbreak by Irina. “I’m half Russian and half Ukrainian, and now the different parts of my soul are fighting against each other. I love Russian culture and I loved Russian people.” Kharkiv, his hometown, was devastated by Russian bombs. “They are my enemies now, they have destroyed everything,” she says, staring into the Atlantic Ocean.

    Source: Europe1

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