There are so many things that I want not to be real. Or hope that they are fake. Like this picture of a kid bringing canned food to his mother’s makeshift grave with his siblings. She allegedly died of starvation.
“Mommy, why does it hurt so much? I was a good boy”, dying words of a kid from Mariupol.
“I didn’t want to bury Mom near the building entrance, like others did…”, a woman telling her brother that their mother has died.
I wish russia hadn’t attacked us, then all this wouldn’t be happening. Ukrainian towns and cities wouldn’t be destroyed. These and so many other heartbreaking stories would be fake for sure.
42 days into russia methodically destroying Ukraine and Ukrainians, I was called a Nazi by a russian living in the West who also believes that Ukraine is a terrorist state. I couldn’t care less about the first part, but the second one I find deeply offensive. Still I know a lost cause when I see one, so I do my best to reign in my rage and continue compiling lists of medical needs of my fellow Nazis.
However, I genuinely want to help the confused and undecided who don’t understand what is going on. Those who don’t just adopt the stance of someone who is saying the opposite things to a person or organization they distrust, or willing to explore various sources of information, not just the russian ones.
I am a believer in critical thinking, so I won’t be shoving any facts or witness accounts of people I know personally down your throat. Instead I suggest you come to Poland, head to the Ukrainian border, cross it and go on a sightseeing tour of a lifetime. Not to the regular tourist attraction spots like Kyiv, Lviv, Bukovel and Odessa. Tour Bucha, Irpin, Vorzel, and Borodyanka. Those who are looking for more excitement can travel further east and south, to Kharkiv and Mykolayiv. Mariupol and Kherson are a real tourist magnet right now.
Fakebusting Tour of Ukraine
A first-hand experience of our new reality, so to speak, with an added bonus of helping clear out the rubble of destroyed buildings and lives.
Warning: Gruesome scenes, foul odor, high probability of seeing mutilated bodies, and hearing heartbreaking stories. Safety not guaranteed.
Never Again, a beautiful sentiment that means absolutely nothing when no one actually bothers enforcing it.
Can you imagine nazis saying that it was the Jews that put themselves into the crematoriums? No? This is what the russian propaganda machine is doing now. Despite satellite images, eye witness accounts, pictures and videos that I will never be able to unhear and unsee. They are forever burned into my mind.
Meanwhile, just on April 2, russian soldiers sent about 2 tons of looted goods through 1 (!!!!!!) delivery service office in Belarus. Here are some of the things russian saviors are sending back home:
Despicable creature 1: 450 kg of instruments, speakers, a table, a tent, etc.
Despicable creature 2: 205 kg of instruments, a TV, and a chair.
Despicable creature 3: 85 kg of clothes.
Despicable creature 4: 60 kg of clothes and fishing equipment.
And my personal favorite, despicable creature 5: 90 kg of parts including a trunk lid!
We know their names, phone numbers, the contents of packages, and where it is going.
Also, russians announced that they captured 93 Ukrainian deserters dressed in civilian clothes who fled Mariupol, and killed them. So they are openly admitting to either murdering civilians or murdering POWs. Both are war crimes.
And the russian state media outlet publishes a delusional article under the title “What Russia Should Do With Ukraine” which reads:
“Ukraine, as the history has showed, is not possible as a nation state… Denazifying of Ukraine is also inevitable its de-Europeanization”. And “The social “swamp”, which actively and passively supported the leadership by action and inaction, must experience the hardships of the war and learn the experience as a historical lesson and atonement for its guilt”.
My island of happiness – creating a distraction for kids during these horrible times. We play, learn, watch movies, eat, and most importantly laugh. To forget about sirens, news, eye witness accounts, pictures and videos of our current reality, even if it is just for a couple of hours. (Still, they are rather proud of being able to get into the basement in 30 seconds after the siren goes off)
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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