My neighborhood in my hometown in Western Ukraine is in the midst of a blackout. Today we had electricity for 5,5 hours: from 5 am till 7 am, from 12 pm till 1 pm, from 5 pm till 6 pm and from 9.30 pm till 11 pm. This also means little to no heating, no water in apartment buildings, cell service issues, terrible to no Internet, and no warm food for owners of electric stoves and kitchen appliances. Sure, these are absolute essentials, especially with temperatures below zero. But living without Russia is even more essential.
Ukrainian businesses turning into heating and charging stations. One such case is Rozetka, a mix of BestBuy and eBay, whose name translates as an outlet. No one will ever question its name again!
Ukraine after Russia’s latest attack on our critical infrastructure. Blackouts, water supply, and heating issues all over the country. In some areas services have been restored, but others are still cut off.
On March 4, 2022, I spent 3 hours in this gas station line to buy 10 liters of gas. Now Ukrainians are lining up to gas stations to buy a hot drink and charge their phones, Russia being the sole cause of both situations. If they think that leaving us without lights, heating, water, and the ability to make food at home will make us strike up a deal with them, they haven’t learned anything about us over these 9 months.
Once again in Kyiv, a terrorist state is doing what a terrorist state does. Fighting against hospitals, schools, power stations, water supply system, and apartment buildings. 6 dead and 31 injured in Kyiv region alone.
9 years ago we started something game-changing, which later turned into the Revolution of Dignity. We took our stand then, against the Russian scenario, police brutality and corruption. For democracy, freedom and real independence. It is taking us longer than anticipated, but we are not going anywhere.
Nataliya Melnik is a longstanding partner of the Free Market Road Show. She lives in Kyiv and is sharing her Facebook diary.
We wish her all the best!
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