So yes, I am in Kyiv and I am very aware of where I am.
Now, I am one of the humans who inhabit this territory temporarily (under my own choice with important reasons behind). For those who know me well would know that I am taking from a place where I can openly speak, having being involved with people in Ukraine for years, this year, deeply, from abroad, till now.
Therefore, I would like to support awareness of Ukrainian reality with a testimony of what has been happening today as you all have seen in the news so far, I won't go into that but I will just say what many Ukrainians and other people in war zones have said before, sorry if this is too "simple" repetitive story but well, this is what the reality is.
I am writing this under air raid sirens in Kyiv, I don't think many people understand what it means being at risk in your daily life, the power of those sounds telling you that your life can be in danger. Today, in addition, there has been other sounds added to the "soundtrack": A LOT of missiles overflying, counterattacks and explosions that I could hear myself (also happening in many other regions of the country). I have experienced conflict zones before but this is something that even you can be mentally prepared for, it is not an easy thing to put in practice. This of course has many horrible consecuences as you have seen in the news.
Why I am writing this is nothing to do with worrying my people, I am safe and I don't want people to care about me more BUT what I want is to make awareness of something that is VITAL which is empathy and understanding from humans to humans. This morning a Ukrainian friend said "civilization is broken", well, I believe so, still I can't believe such horrible actions can take place, for the sake of creating horror.
I am very tired of superficial conversations, all sort of polarisation created by international news and cold attitude towards something that is much more than words, it is lives of many humans impacted by war. I believe that caring actions and solidarity should be driving human actions and really, this should be implemented more in our daily lives to make institutions respond from what people care about, which should be by all means LIFE.
I took this photo yesterday, the view of the city of Kyiv, it looks beautiful, very romantic scene however when I was there it was the first time I heard the sirens in Ukraine and today this exact place has been bombed by a russian missile.
So if this 'simple' reflection moves you or worries you, just implement such feeling in your daily life and if you would like, take action, in whatever way... this unjustified horror has to end.
I send you all a big hug