As we left Kyiv, it felt like we would soon be home again. I remember telling Andriy about his great-grandfather who went through WWII. He said the main rule is that civilians do not interfere in the work of the military. That’s why, I said to Andriy, we have to go.
We talked a lot about why the war started and when it might end. He believed that this would all pass quickly. We discussed that we would only be in Ireland for a short time. It felt like vacation.
But in May it became clear that the war would not end soon and Andriy was very upset. He misses his father very much and wants to go home. But I understand that he wants in this pre-war house and in the pre-war world, which unfortunately we can no longer give him.
Now, of course, he’s worried about his new school. He says he doesn’t like the uniform and asks why textbooks are so expensive. But it seems to me that he is gradually getting used to our new journey.
He asks why we didn’t believe in American intelligence and didn’t leave Ukraine earlier, then his father could be with us. But unfortunately I don’t have an answer to this question.
My husband is fine. He cooks his meals and we often discuss recipes over video calls. His mother and cousin are in Kyiv, so he sometimes visits them. He walks a lot and goes to parks. The Obolon district of Kyiv is very similar to Dublin – there is a lot of greenery and parks, but the houses are taller. My husband jokes that all that walking is good for his health, plus he doesn’t need to use gas. In Kyiv there are big problems with gasoline and it is better to always have a full tank. Kiev programmers have even created a bot on the Internet that will help people find out where to buy it.
My husband also lives with fewer things. We donated a lot of our stuff to charity because many people in Kyiv lost everything. We must help each other.
I think the world as a whole is getting tired of this war. However, it’s only been six months. Of course, people get tired of the horror and want to turn off the news and get on with their lives. Psychologists speak of the “violation of witnesses”, which not only affects people from Ukraine, but also people who have helped a lot and volunteered.
Ukrainian Action in Ireland (UACT), which I volunteer with, continues to collect and send humanitarian aid to Ukraine. People lose their homes and flee the occupation with practically nothing.
We are preparing for the harshest winter in our country’s modern history. If you can help, please consider donating winter sleeping bags, blankets, thick floor mats, cots, fleece jackets, hats, mittens, winter shoes, hiking boots, waterproof boots, winter socks, thermal underwear, power generators (gas and solar). , power banks, energy and chocolate bars, hand/foot pocket warmers, flu/cough/fever remedies, foil emergency blankets, bivy bags, etc.
You can bring them to the Ukraine Centre, Cork Street, Dublin 8, Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 4pm. UACT will take it to Ukraine and distribute it to those in need there.
In conversation with Katie Byrne
https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/diary-of-a-ukrainian-refugee-the-world-is-tired-of-the-war-its-only-been-six-months-41921530.html Diary of a Ukrainian refugee: “The world is tired of war. It’s only been six months