It’s raining, it was below zero at night, now the temperature is rising a bit. People watch thermometers these days instead of television. It doesn’t work for them because the electricity doesn’t work. On the other hand, thermometers are among the few devices that work regardless of what a Russian missile hits.
Yesterday, the Russians fired seventy missiles at Ukraine. The Ukrainians were unable to shoot down twenty of them, so they did a lot of damage. Russia again chose their heating plants, substations, substations as its targets…
“Basically nothing special, they actually ‘turned off’ our light, heat and water here yesterday,” reports our Ukrainian colleague Radomyr Mokryk, who commutes between Kyiv and Lviv, with god-like calmness. That is, when the train is going. In times of blackout, it is also uncertain with trains.
There is currently no electricity in either of these two cities. But it seems that Radomyr is less derailed by the situation than we are, who are watching the destruction of the Ukrainian energy network from the warmth of our Central European homes, and when we come to Ukraine, we have our own power banks, voltage converters, which with the help of a car will make something for us computers can be charged. And we have telephones, warm jackets and warm sleeping bags, money to stay in a hotel with an electricity generator, and the knowledge that in a few days we will return to territory that the Russians are not shelling.
But we also need fuel, i.e. functional petrol pumps equipped with generators, and mobile signal and internet. With all this, there is now a cardinal problem in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities.
Even if entrepreneurs, owners of gas stations, hotels and shops prepared for a blackout just like Radomyr – bought generators, stocked up on water – they still lived in the long term
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