4-year old Alisa is begging to be evacuated from under siege Mariupol. So are thousands of others after about 50 days underground. But russia won’t allow it. They are holding these people hostage, watching them die slowly and painfully one by one.
A big thank you from my little shelter van Goghs to everyone who helps us keep them distracted and entertained even if it’s just for a bit! We talked about wishes today, unsurprisingly all of them shared just two – to return home and for putin to die.
A tentative chronology of full-scale invasion of Ukraine
Weeks 1-2: Ukrainians are defying everyone’s expectations by not giving up in a matter of days while raising millions to buy ammo, gear, and whatever else is available for purchase.
Most-asked question: Why don’t you just give up?
Weeks 3-4: Ukrainians are still fighting against “the world’s second army” thus giving our partners time to come up with a Plan B, cause Plan A that they opted for 8 years ago won’t slide this time around. The rearguard is not leaving a stone unturned in lobbying support for Ukraine.
Most-asked question: Why don’t you just compromise on NATO membership, Luhansk, Donetsk and Crimea?
Weeks 5-6: Ukrainians are making it clear to everyone that it isn’t just about fighting back, we are actually in it to win it. But we can’t do it with defensive weapons alone. And the price of each day spent tiptoeing along the red lines most of which have already been crossed by the aggressor is hundreds if not thousands of Ukrainian lives.
Most-asked question: Why does everyone help Ukraine and Ukrainian refugees more than others?
If the issue is not resolved now, the Horde will come back, destroying everything in its path. Who will be your shield then?
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!
If you want to support the Ukrainian people, have a look at http://helpukraine.center/en
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