Yesterday I left Kyiv with tears in my eyes, it was hard to leave having been totally immersed, living there for a month… the speed of emotions and actions have been very intense; loads happening at the same time including simple actions that can become complex on this imposed war reality…
The scene of leaving my dear ones in the train station as well as the many families saying bye to each other, forced to be separated by this situation is just not possible to explain in words, so painful.
The last couple of weeks I haven’t been able to post regularly as there were layers of difficulties involved, day after day. The continuous missile strikes on the energy infrastructure was felt a lot as it began from non-electricity from time to time, to having no wifi connection, no data connection in the phone to also no phone coverage in my neighbourhood even (no electricity supply on local stations and antennas). And what to say about the proper black outs during night time, it feels very apocalyptic to be in total darkness in a city, it is a very deep but also weird feeling. (It seems now it reached to the point that black outs are going to be for around 12 hours to balance out the electricity available for the city of Kyiv).
This is a picture from The Guardian yesterday, Russian missiles impacted on a local important electricity station in Kyiv. I saw this picture while I was at the train, it is Obolon, the neighbourhood where I stayed all this month, even in this situation I felt like at home there. I can locate my walks towards market, underground stations, and other life I had there between those buildings.
This brutal non sense invasion is still happening day after day. This explosion was very loud, louder than all we have heard, my mates told me. The result of this is that adds also more layers to the difficulties including no water supply in many places in Kyiv, especially in Obolon, at least temporarily, for now seems resolved but until when?
My body has left Ukraine for now and I am in Poznan (Poland) but my heart is still around and I will keep connected in ways I could help from the distance, until I come back.
PS: I have written some more reflections in these times that I haven’t been able to post online yet, also some drawings I made. I will share them at some point soon.