Ukrainians never lose hope Lidiia Kozhevnikova

My friends keep asking me, how is situation in Ukraine. “Is everything ok?” Then, I’m answering that the situation is not so good, but thanks God in our region everything is calm and quiet.

On my way to Kyiv we saw a column of cars with weapons, staying by the road. Some kilometres away, there were cars with people in military outfit. At that exact moment, I realized that staying out of news haven not stopped the war in my country. While in the western part of Ukraine we feel pretty comfortable and safe, on the other, eastern side of our motherland, people are fighting for our unity. The most grievous point is that there really exist Ukrainians, who are ready to kill each other, to kill their “brothers”. I can't even imagine what the hell is happening on that side of Ukraine. People are dying, many get injured.

Mischieving news

Today, Ukraine is a subject and a red-hot topic to discuss and speak about, around the whole world. I try to stay away from following the news here, because they often come up with many fake, deceptive articles based on false information, which easily can make me confused about the current situation.

People are not reacting adequately to the articles. They try to find every single tiny thing to be used for provocation. Some of them do not understand that spreading unreasonable allegations could result in misunderstanding and frightened people.

In our days, we need to be very careful with all the news and gossips, because a fake statement or personal irritation could cause a range of problems in the society. Besides the real-life clashes, we also do have an informational war here.

Ban on the right to assemble

Now, Maydan in Kyiv seems to appear as a memorial, being covered by tons of flowers, surrounded by foreigners and deep sadness. People come here to share the pain, to stay aware and to do their best in preventing these dreadful events from happening again.

On the 18th of May, it was the 70th anniversary of the Crimean Tatars’ deportation from the Crimean peninsula. Usually, people go to the main squares in remembrance of their deported relatives. This year, their “new president", Putin, decided to not allow any meetings, gatherings, commemorations or actions on this day. Nevertheless, days before, on the 1st and 9th of May (on the Labor Day and Victory Day), there were huge demonstrations, where people cried: "Russia, Russia"... It highly offended Crimean Tatars, since they were not allowed to express their pain together, and raise voices about the injustice, which happened on the 18th of May 70 years ago.

The military situation


In my city, there are loads of military airplanes stationing, which’s noise I can hear in about each 5 minutes. It is not usual at all. They have started training on the airfield, for some reason.

The 23rd of May was announced by our municipality as a day of mourning. One day before, soldiers from our region were killed by separatists in the East.

I'm so sorry for our country. I could have never imagined that such things could happen to us. To the East, people are not allowed to leave the city, while, to the West, military forces conscript our men to be engaged into war.  In case they reject it, they go to the prison.

Elections – a new hope

The 25th of May was the day for the presidential elections, and thanks God, everything was quiet and safe. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people in the eastern part of Ukraine, who were not able to practice their right to vote, as separatists didn't allowed them to. One of my friends from there told me, that his "boss" ordered him to sit at home and don't go to the elections, because there could occur provocations.

On this day, the day of elections, there was a heavy rain in Kyiv, and I believe that this is the water from heaven, which was sent to Ukraine to wash away all the blood, all the negative attitude, pain, suffering and loss...

Ukraine now relies on our new president, and we are waiting for peace, national unity and sustainable development in our country.

Edited by: Ramona Koska 
Photo credits: Lidiia Kozhevnikova