A Ukrainian refugee in Saskatchewan shares his new life on TikTok | War in Ukraine
Aged 19, Andrian Makhnachov arrived in Regina in May, having fled Ukraine, a few months after the start of the armed conflict with Russia.
Andrian Makhnachov, a Ukrainian refugee living in Saskatchewan, is a young person who uses the social platform Tik Tok as entertainment, but also as a link to stay in touch with Ukraine.
Since moving to Saskatchewan last May, the social network has become a refuge from stress for Andrian Makhnachov. Since then, the 19-year-old has been sharing his daily life in Canada through this social network, three months after the outbreak of war in his country.
It really helps me not to stress about what is happening in my country, he says. It's like a distraction, and I really like seeing lots of comments, lots of views.
He created his TikTok account after arriving in Regina to overcome loneliness and stay in touch with his homeland.
His posts get a lot of reactions and reach millions of views. To date, Andrian Makhnachov has more than 166,000 subscribers on his account.
The young influencer has published until September 2 73 videos totaling millions of views with more than 4 million interactions.
In one of his videos, he compares the water resistance of a Canadian dollar bill with a hryvnia bill, the Ukrainian currency. This sequence has over 11.6 million views.
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@makhnachov What I must to do in 🇨🇦 #canada #canada_life🇨🇦 #ukraine🇺🇦 #money #regina #toronto #vancuver #fyp ♬ Che La Luna – Louis Prima with Sam Butera & The Witnesses
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When I touched this paper I saw it was plastic and was told I could put it in the water, I filmed it and it was very viral.
With so many videos, comedy sketches and other content, the viral power of the platform allows him to share his Canadian experiences.
Among his documented videos on his Tik Tok account are: ketchup chips, a double double from Tim Hortons, a poutine and a discovery that surprised him, namely pizza with perogy.
< p class="e-p">I expected something strange to see perogy in a pizza, he says. When I opened the box, it looked really delicious, and it definitely tastes like Ukrainian pizza.
Andrian Makhnachov and his family live in Regina. The young person intends to continue his adventures on TikTok and plans to go to university at the same time.
For now, he wants to upgrade his level of English to better integrate into his new life in Canada, particularly in Saskatchewan.
With information from Wendyam Valentin Compaoré