Disgusting Russian realtor selling destroyed Mariupol homes still strewn with children’s

Ukrainians are outraged after a realtor’s conversation with a Russian journalist in Mariupol shows them mocking the destroyed homes of Ukrainians in a real estate deal, with one disgustingly asking “Why haven’t the owners tidied up?”, NV reports.

The brutality and inhumanity displayed in the exchange has incensed Ukrainians as the pair cynically discusses whether to invest in new buildings or buy the half-destroyed homes in the city center.

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The Russians refer to the destroyed Ukrainian apartments as razrushka, (can be translated as wreckies) – and informal and disrespectful term implying potential profit in the future.

“A TikTok report on Mariupol’s property market introduced me to razrushka, (‘Is it worth investing in a ruin?’),” wrote Ukrainian stylist Tetyana Kremіn on Facebook. “The report’s crystal-clear insensitivity is striking. Along with the realtor, the host walks through a once-beautiful, now wrecked apartment, where children’s items lie amidst household clutter. Their surreal dialogue peaks in the kitchen, with its collapsed ceiling and shattered windows, where the realtor gushes about its size. The journalist laughs,” before making the comment about the owners.

Commenting on the video, Ukrainians question whether the apartment’s owners are still alive and recall the many Mariupol families killed.

Comments like “May the ghosts never give you peace,” “Land soaked in blood will never bring peace to this city… Nothing good can be built on people’s tears and sorrow,” “‘Wreckies’—how inhuman must one be to speak like that, on grief and blood…,” “Mariupol’s example shows the war’s true purpose,” and “So many I knew died in Mariupol, entire families,” reflect deep anguish of Ukrainians.

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“Don’t even call them beasts or any other term,” Zoya Filipova, a social media user, commented. “Beasts, animals, are living beings, some beautiful, useful, or even tasty. Sex workers are in some ways the most honest creatures. But these beings… They are simply Russians. That says it all, explains everything. Not human. Not animal. An absolute abomination.”

Ukrainians are attempting to translate the neologism razrushka into English, aiming for international viewership of the video. Suggestions like ‘wreckies’ and ‘wrecks’ have been proposed.

“There’s this neologism— razrushka. It’s Russian for affectionately calling the secondary-market houses destroyed by their own occupying army. Do you understand the psychological phenomenon behind such a word?” another commenter rhetorically asked.

Network user Alex Goncharov has run the term razrushka through ChatGPT, and received the following interpretation:

“Such a term may arise from certain emotional or psychological attitudes towards events or objects,” the AI answered. “In this case, ‘разрушка’ could be an attempt to softly describe or depict the state of things that have undergone destruction or degradation. The use of such terms can serve various purposes, including expressing emotions, detaching from negative aspects, or even attempting to justify or minimize destruction. These words can emerge in a specific socio-cultural context, reflecting a certain national, historical, or political mindset. In this instance, the term may serve as a tool to reduce responsibility or smooth over the effects of destruction, possibly linked to an internal conflict or ambiguity in perceiving the events.”

The American Academy has nominated the Ukrainian documentary “20 Days in Mariupol” for the Best Feature-Length Documentary at the Oscars. This film, created by Ukrainian journalists who remained in the-ravaged city following Russia’s invasion and miraculously smuggled their footage out of Mariupol, surrounded by Russian forces, portrays the brutal siege and destruction of the city.

Read also: A journalistic chronicle of unfathomable tragedy – NV’s review of ‘20 days in Mariupol’

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