Remember the drama theater in Mariupol where hundreds of civilians found shelter that you-know-who bombed some time ago? 300 are confirmed dead.
They are forcefully deporting civilians from temporarily occupied territories to russia and putting them in filtration camps.
They are ransacking homes and stealing whatever they can carry.
Thousands of Ukrainians are desperately trying to find their relatives or someone who has any kind of information about them. I’m afraid to even think about how many of them will not get the good news they are hoping for.
It’s getting harder to find the words to describe this scale of evil and destruction…
Day 30 of the 8-year-long war that should have never started
“Sonny, your Dad and I are still alive. We are so worried about you. We really hope you are safe. We are still in the basement. It is getting worse each day, we are too scared to even go the bathroom on the first floor. We are running out of water, but everyone is too afraid to go get it. Dad is hungry all the time. We have a lot of potatoes, but we can’t cook it. I am happy you are not with us right now, I really want you to live and be happy. We love you very much, you are our biggest treasure.” Messages from a mother to her son from Mariupol which is almost completely destroyed by russian shelling.
“You are my heart. You are my soul. You were and will be. I love you endlessly and I am so proud of you. I curse these fascists for you, my love, for our unborn children, for the stolen life, yours and mine. I am a widow at 25. My life was stolen by inhumans. My life was stolen by russia.”
4 weeks ago our peaceful lives ended. This war has already taken so much from us, from some more than others, and a lot of it we will never be able to get back. At the same time I have never felt this much support and seen more desire to help those less fortunate than over these dreadful 29 days. New requests keep popping up, but so do opportunities to have them covered. A huge thank you to everyone for bringing the return home we are dreaming of closer!
– Air raid alerts during which everything shuts down. If you want to go grocery shopping, mail urgent supplies, hold an event for kids to distract them from the war or simply get to work by means of public transportation, be ready for none of that happening because the siren can go off anytime.
– Actual bombings. You never know where the next one will fall.
– Supply runs. Always trying to move things as fast as possible so that they can save people’s lives right away.
– Requests that are flooding in, Mariupol, Melitopol and Zaporizhzhia are pending, others are getting covered slowly.
– Multiple messengers with people from all over the world working hard to make sure we survive this.
– The craziest questions/suggestions/asks, some of which you actually get done somehow.
– Volunteering and doing your actual job. To make some money that can be put back into volunteering.
– Reports of more relatives/friends/loved ones of the people you know dying or missing.
– Underground/closed spaces and open air. So far open air is losing.
PS: Wish us good luck with three evacuations from one of the hotspots!
The devastatingly tragic irony of it all: This man who survived Buchenwald and 3 (!!!!!) other Nazi concentration camps was killed at the age of 96 in his own home in Kharkiv by russian soldiers “denazifying” Ukraine… His name was Borys Romanchenko.
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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