The War in Ukraine: The Story of the Woman Who Became an Icon of Russian Propaganda

  • Sofia Petizza and Svyatoslav Khomenko
  • BBC news

An elderly Ukrainian woman waving the former Soviet flag in front of Ukrainian soldiers has become a symbol of Russian propaganda after a video of her went viral.

The BBC tracked down Babushka Z in an attempt to uncover the truth behind that photo and what happened.

“I do not think they should praise me, I’m just a peasant,” says Babushka. “I do not understand why I became a celebrity.”

The woman became known as Babushka Z, meaning grandmother in Russian, while the letter Z is often carried by Russian armored vehicles and military vehicles in Ukraine.

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