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  • Українці розповідають про пережите під час війни з росією

    Ukrainians talk about their experiences during the war with russia


    Alyona Babko: “Even a kilo of potatoes can save a grandmother’s emotional state for a few days”


    АвторAuthor: Victoria Dubinets | Translation: Iryna Myronenko

    16 June 2022

    Kyiv resident Alyona Babko faced the unemployment problem after russia’s invasion in Ukraine. She changed her field of activity to volunteering. She didn’t leave her country, although she had such an opportunity, stayed in her hometown. Keep reading about the way Alyona helps people.

    On the first day of the war, my friend Yaroslav joined the ranks of the Kyiv Defense Forces. So I started feeding the terrorists. Together with acquaintances she found cooks and a restaurant. It was closed, the owner left and handed over the keys. That’s where we organized our work. They found suppliers of products – something for free, something for money. Thus, 35 terrorists (hereinafter – TRO) and another one and a half thousand other people began to be fed.

    Recently, acquaintances from the ТRO went to the zero line in the Kyiv region, which borders Belarus. 35 military lunches there turned into 120.

    Source: souspilnist_foundation

    Humanitarian aid

    Humanitarian aid from Alyona Babko

    The boys work in three villages that were occupied until recently. They have 350 people left. Mostly retirees. Volunteer organizations help Chernihiv and Kharkiv, but there are also villages that no one knows about.

    “Simple things bring a lot of joy”

    I took humanitarian aid to them twice. For the first such trip they found only free potatoes, oil and onions. And on the other hand, 150,000 hryvnias were collected from the world. I found drivers, trucks, bought food, construction tools. So 4 tons of aid went to the north of Kyiv region.

    I saw Yaroslav there. He was funny: in gloves, with a shovel, in military pants. I calmed down. They live in an unfinished house where the occupiers stood. Ours cleaned everything, conducts electronics and even asked to bring linoleum to the floor. So that when a person who returns home enters a clean home. By the way, the guys ate stew with buckwheat, which was cooked on the fire. In short, I was scared too. I don’t eat stew at all, but it tasted great. Simple things bring a lot of joy.

    Potatoes for grandmather as anti-stress

    I also periodically help the elderly. Load food, medicine in a small red convertible and take away. Periodically I am overwhelmed by the feeling that I am not doing enough. But I understand that such small things, at first glance, are not small. Because even a kilo of potatoes can save a grandmother’s emotional state for a few days.

    And routine things help me stay in shape: coffee, shower, massage, communication with loved ones and sleep. But a dream is said out loud. I have horrors from time to time and I can wake up to sounds that do not exist.

    Volunteer with the military with the territorial defense

    Alyona with her second Yaroslav, who joined the territorial defense.

    On Victory Day, I want to meet people at the entrance with a bottle of champagne, but I worry that I will be so emotionally and physically exhausted that I will simply run out of energy. I know for a fact that we will definitely get together with those with whom we spent all the days of the war and we will hug for a long time.

    Written by: Yuliia Zarudnitska

    Чому важливо поширити цю історію?
    Якщо українці не розповідатимуть свій погляд на війну в Україні, світ поступово забуватиме про нас. Натомість цим обов’язково скористаються росіяни. Тому не даймо їм жодного шансу.

    Why is it important to share this story?
    If Ukrainians do not share their views on the war in Ukraine, the world will gradually forget about us. Instead, the Russians will definitely take advantage of this. So let's not give them a chance.

    АвторAuthor: Victoria Dubinets | Translation: Iryna Myronenko


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