Ukrainian Children’s Games
A few days ago, my Kiev friend’s young son returned from kindergarten announcing they had been playing Maidan that day. "And we were the Berkut“, he added cheerfully, which was quite surprising for his pro-Ukrainian parents. It turned out that elder children, using an old-world technique, proclaimed themselves to be heroic Maidaners, while the younger ones were given the roles of the ever-defeated "Berkuters". As the game de facto consisted mainly of chasing each other across the courtyard, armed with sticks, no one felt particularly hurt. Children in Lugansk have another game – they are playing Republic. What do they need for that? a machine gun and a flag will simply suffice. I am reflecting on whether the children’s game is a manifestation of the game they percieve their parents to be playing.