June 26th, 2022
War in Ukraine – Week 17
Kyiv this morning. This is the second time this apartment complex has been hit. A 7-year-old child has been rescued from under the rubble, as well as her mom. Unfortunately, her dad was killed. I wonder how this aligns with Russian “we don’t hit civilian objects”…
Only in Ukraine…Three days ago a Ukrainian foundation announced a fundraising campaign to purchase 3 Bayraktars. Yesterday we were just 10% off target, and as of today we raised enough for 4, in spite of all the hardships, destruction and devastation! What’s your superpower?
“I’m so grateful my son comes to me in my sleep. At least in my dreams, I get to hug him and kiss him. I tell him that I will live for a bit longer and then join him” – a Ukrainian mother whose child was killed by Russians.
“Mom, you run without me. I want you to survive. And I am sick anyways” – a 5-year-old kid with cancer.
“I am fine” – a mother reassures her teenage son while dying in the middle of a street after a missile strike.
“We were transporting a vehicle for a frontline unit. Now they are all dead. Not a single person left to give it to” – a Ukrainian volunteer.
This is the reality of the war Russia is waging against Ukraine.
In 2013 our government questioned our European choice. We defended it during Euromaidan which later transformed into the Revolution of Dignity. In 2022 we are granted EU candidate status. It has been long in the making. Our fight is far from being over, but we will never get tired of repeating – Ukraine is Europe!
As I am writing this the third air raid alert of the day is blaring outside…
An update on epic medical aid efforts from all over the US, Germany, Austria, and Poland. 150 boxes of VAC machines and consumables for improved treatment of wounds. More than 150 first aid kits, tourniquets, bandages, tactical scissors, etc, most of them already on their way to where they are most needed. Plus lots of medicine! And our hospital now has the coolest ambulance ever, thanks to our Italian friends.
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