Izium*, 9th of December, 2022 : Le Monde’s journalist Ariane Chemin and Guillaume Herbaut found a hundred letters sent by Russian students to Russian soldiers fighting in Ukraine, found, amidst empty vodka bottles, toothpaste tubes and soggy pillows, in a former Ukrainian police station once occupied by the Russian army.
The letters reveal the propaganda orchestrated by Moscow via texts, drawings, and letters folded into a triangle, called “Treugolka” (an explicit reference to letters sent to Soviet soldiers during World War II).
The content of the envelopes leaves no doubt about the communication operation decided by the General Staff and the Kremlin for its soldiers sent to the front.
We find the inscription “Z”, this letter of the Latin alphabet inscribed since the invasion of Ukraine on the Russian tanks, which became in Russia a sign of support to the military operation decided by the Kremlin, but also the colors of the flag of the Russian Federation, childish drawings and all the war vocabulary ensuring the unfailing support of the population to its army.
* The city of Izium, located in the Kharkiv Oblast, under Russian control since April 2022, was liberated by Ukrainian forces in September of the same year. Along the so-called “forest cemetery” 477 bodies were exhumed. 30 of them show signs of torture, while others show evidence of gunshot executions.