The response to my blog about Ukrainian quilters has been amazing. Many of you have asked for me to keep you posted on any other information I receive. I’m also posting pictures of two more Ukrainian quilts. Here is some of the latest information from Lena.
March 5, 2022
I accept with great enthusiasm your offer to post information about us. Perhaps this will give some of my colleagues the strength to survive in this horror. Together we will stretch the thread between that wonderful life and this new tragic one. I’m already beginning to realize that such a bad life is also life and you need to look for meaning in it, no matter how difficult it is. And we must understand that everything will pass, and this too, that good times will come and all of us who are alive and well will return to our favorite activities.
In Kyiv, everything is relatively not bad so far compared to many other settlements in Ukraine, which have already been completely destroyed.
We still have heat, electricity, water, internet, food.
However, we are already beginning to get used to living in a new reality.
· Be able to find the safest place in the apartment and hide there during frequent air raids.
· Sit in complete darkness with windows curtained with black cloth (what a blessing that I had it in stock).
· Don’t forget to always turn off the gas,
· Never go outside, only when absolutely necessary, observing a curfew, which can last two days in a row.
· Start every morning with a roll call of all relatives and friends.
· To distinguish the sounds of artillery according to the principle “one’s own” or “alien.
· Save food and make stocks of crackers in case there is no gas, electricity, water.
With best regards
March 7, 2022
I say hello to all quilters who are concerned about the war in Ukraine. I enjoyed reading your comments on the blog. It was great to see how many quilters were willing to share their supplies. Many thanks to these lovely women.
I’m fine so far. Today, for the first time in the war, I went outside. The first thing that caught my eye was the soldiers who were stacking sandbags near my house. So here they will have a checkpoint. This means that in the case of street fighting, we will have a hard time. We are the last block before that part of the city, which is called government.
My husband and I visited the store and pharmacy. At the store, I bought pasta, ketchup, nuts, vegetable oil, sugar and bread. There was a lot of bread but at the moment there are no vegetables.
I also visited the pharmacy. There are few working pharmacies left and there are long lines in them, because they work only a few hours a day. I stood in line for an hour and a half, but the medicine I needed was not there.
The alarm went off again tonight. Later we learned that our air defense shot down 2 Russian planes and a ballistic missile over Kyiv. Perhaps the planes flew to drop bombs on us.
In the photo – a view of the microdistrict where I live. The photo was taken last summer. From this place it is very close to the Center of Ukrainian Culture and Art, where we met on your last visit.
Lena’s story is one of millions who are in similar situations. This photo she took of Kyiv is the Kyiv that will live in my mind.