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  • Українці розповідають про пережите під час війни з росією

    Ukrainians talk about their experiences during the war with russia

    Oleksandra Dudka

    Oleksandra Dudka: “I believe, I know that my city is remembered and that it is necessary to release it, because Berdyansk is Ukraine”


    АвторAuthor: Yulia Zarudnitska | Translation: Iryna Myronenko

    19 June 2022

    Olexandra, a native of Berdyansk. Her family is there now, so the girl learns all the information first hand. Now, at the entrance to the city, the racists put a sign, “Berdyansk” (in russian) instead of “Berdyansk” (in Ukrainian).

    My name is Olexandra, I am 25 years old. I work as an smm-manager. Five years ago, I moved to Kyiv and fell in love with that city.

    Kyiv encourages work and development. He is in a constant rhythm, to which you get used and do not want to stop. This was my life before the war: work, study, travel, concerts, friends, filming. We lived, enjoyed and were absolutely in love with our lives.

    February 24.  6:00 a.m.  My boyfriend and I woke up to the explosion, and he said only one word: “It’s beginning.”

    I have already used the phone to write to all my relatives, make sure that everything is fine with them and check the news with the thought: “Or maybe not?  Maybe it’s not what we think? ”

    Oleksandra Dudka

    Oleksandra Dudka photo before the war

    We, like faith, did not have what it was, perhaps, in the 21st century, so we began to choose things to the sound of explosions so that we could evacuate quickly.

    My family is in Berdyansk, so you can learn first-hand

    But almost all my life I lived in Berdyansk. Ukrainian Russian-speaking Berdyansk in the south of Ukraine. Wherever I have been, neither I nor any of my acquaintances have been oppressed by Russian-speaking Ukrainians. That’s right, a digression about “salvation.”

    My whole family has been in Berdyansk since the beginning of the war, so I can learn firsthand.

    Morning. Wake up there as early as possible and go to the bank to do something. Stand for several hours to withdraw at least 1-2 thousand hryvnia, but it’s lucky. Come home and check the network and the Internet. From the beginning of the war with this problem, determined to constantly shut down the connection, connect your phoenix. Then, as usual, turn on the TV or radio – hear the Russian national anthem and Russian news. Turn off.

    Day. Try to buy products – this is also another marathon. If money is possible – a little easier, if not – here’s how to be lucky, because the terminals work every other time.

    the sea

    Photo of the sea before the war

    A large number of people have lost their jobs, there is no money, and even worse for pensioners – they received pensions in the branches of the Ukrainian Post Office, which are currently closed, so they have an open card in a private bank (where , I repeat, you need to stand for hours). You can only register a person in person, but what to do to those who can not even get out of bed? Good question. Pass by a huge force in pharmacies, which have long had no more drugs.

    If you are ready – you can go to the market in the city center, where there are still products.

    You accept, and there is a full stuffing – at the executive committee, which has already completely settled the occupiers – Russian symbols. On April 22, billboards with St. George’s ribbon were held in the city, a concert dedicated to Lenin’s birthday was held, and a tradition was created for young people: shovels will be handed out near the registry office to plant trees. Very nice.

    Do you want to take any city back to the 90s in a month? Call Rusnya (but it’s better not to).

    “The self-proclaimed government encourages entrepreneurs to cooperate, they voluntarily gave them 20% of earnings. But everyone understands that “voluntarily”. If you want to live, sing”.

    The armed occupiers broke into the homes of the volunteers and demanded the cessation of humanitarian aid to the civilian population, as well as forcing contacts of those who supply medicine and food. Why? Guess for yourself.

    Instead of “Berdyansk” (in Ukrainian) now “Berdyansk” (in russian)

    Berdyansk now stands out at the entrance to the city instead of Berdyansk. The occupiers think that these are the changes that will make the city Russian.

    Evening. You dress warmer, because there is no heating since the beginning of the war. If the Internet is available, Then opens city chats: the introduction of rubles, the issuance of Russian passports, the new “great Russian” government – a janitor and murderer led by a pedophile, the settlement of empty homes by the occupiers and acquaintance with new rules dictated by rashes.And this is only a small part of what is happening there.

    “Life in the occupied city is becoming a slogan “if you’re lucky”. If you are lucky enough to buy food, medicine, withdraw money. If you are lucky enough to survive. The only thing that reassures – do not shoot”.

    But now the situation in Berdyansk is unchanged. There has been no contact with the parents for a week, and no word on the news. Living in the unknown is scary. It is even difficult to imagine living in the unknown in an occupied city without any connection to the outside world.

    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: Yulia Zarudnitska | Translation: Iryna Myronenko


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