We are the nation. We are Ukrainians.
Everyone knows that on February 24, 2022, Russia launched a massive war on us.
[ EVGEN KULIKOV, citizen of Ukraine narrates the situation of the unimaginable and unprecedented bloody situation of Ukraine from a unique angle from the 3rd day of the war started by Russia. Evgen Kulikov beautifully crafts the days of pain, horror, uncertainty, death, bombings, exodus, resistance, fighting, and many more in the UKRAINE DIARY. Evgen requests readers of www.mahabahu.com to read his pages – so that readers can feel the situation from this part of the world too. Editor, Mahabahu]
Mariupol is still sieged and under constant air strikes. All the previous attempts to arrange there humanitarian corridors failed. Mariupol remains the city-hostage of Russian troops.
Today it will be the 5th attempt to deliver food, water, medicine and evacuate civilians.
Yesterday’s meeting of Putin and Lukashenko in Kremlin lasted 5 hours and its outcome is not yet clear. Seems that Lukashenko is trying his best to avoid sending Belarusian soldiers to Ukraine.
Maybe he understands that large part of his soldiers will not execute the order, having no motivation to die in Ukraine for Putin.
Maybe he is afraid of protests among soldiers and doesn’t want them to turn their weapons against him.
Maybe he is afraid to send own soldiers at war while his country is full of Russian soldiers, who may turn into occupation contingent very fast and put Lukashenko aside.
What we know for sure is that Putin wants Belarus army to step in, since that would be fresh reserves he needs so desperately to increase pressure on Ukraine.
Whatever the real reason is, this morning Belarus soldiers have not crossed Ukrainian borders.
But we have had this morning the air alert over the most territory of our country.
And again many cities suffered from air strikes. Unfortunately, destroyed houses and killed civilians have become a daily routine.
The definition of “normal life” itself has changed so much during last 16 days so now it is hard to recall how the life was before the war.
On the other side, Ukraine has never been that united and has never had such level of international support as it has now.
But we need to face the reality.
Nobody will close the sky over Ukraine.
There will be no supplies of jets and heavy weapons.
We need to rely on what we have.
We need to be prepared for a long war.
We are paying huge price now, but our children will live in a free country they will be proud of.
We are the nation. We are Ukrainians!
Read Ukraine Diary: Today is the 16th Day of War in Ukraine
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