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No lights, no heat, no WiFi: Ukraine remains resilient despite hardships inflicted by Russia

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A police officer directs traffic in Kyiv, where much of the Ukrainian capital is without power, on November 24.Photo by Anton Skyba/Globe and Mail

The waitress smiled apologetically as we talked about breakfast served at the popular Idealist café in one of Kyiv’s wealthiest neighborhoods. The power was on, so I could make anything from a frying pan to an electric kettle.

But there was no WiFi. There is no running water, so there are no toilets.

After learning of the less-than-ideal conditions for remote work, some customers sighed and decided to pack their laptops and walk away. did. In a city with little lighting and little heat, getting a hot breakfast wasn’t easy. It was warmer inside the cafe than it was on the street, and the freezing rain had hardened the layers of snow from the previous days.

This is life in Kyiv at the beginning of the tenth month of Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine, the day after Russia struck the country’s civilian infrastructure with yet another cruise missile and suicide drone. Electricity, water and gas supplies were interrupted in nearly every major city in the country, and on Wednesday all four of her operating nuclear power plants in Ukraine were temporarily disconnected from the grid.

Despite the bravery emanating from the country’s political and military leaders, and the heroic stoicism of its people, life under Russia’s long siege has undoubtedly been tough.

A flower shop worker repairs the wires that connect to a generator in Kyiv.

Wednesday was the first night without heating at the Globe and Mail apartment in central Kyiv, except for a burst caused by a plug-in electric heater during the brief period when it was on. Even before the recent attacks, most of the city he received electricity for only 12 hours a day, served on a four-hour on, four-hour off schedule.

Thursday was the first morning with no hot water in the shower. But I had no complaints about it. The fact that tap water of all temperatures was supplied at all made these lodgings comparable in cities where much of the population still lined up to fill plastic jugs with water from pumps in the city’s parks. became luxurious. .

There was no panic, even among people queuing in the cold. There was no sense that the millions of Kievans who had returned to the city after fleeing in the panicked first days of this war were going to leave there again any time soon. The sound of air raid sirens, and even the roar of explosions that sometimes follow, as on Wednesdays, has become the background noise of life here.

The city and country have embraced the oft-repeated words from a speech delivered by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in September after an initial wave of attacks on Ukraine’s infrastructure systems.

“Do you still believe that we are one person? Do you still think that you can frighten us, crush us, bring us to our knees?” I asked, referring to the Kremlin’s propaganda portraying it as one divided country. “Read my lips: Without gas or without you? Without you. Without lights or without you? Without you. Cold, hunger, darkness, thirst – for us, These are less terrifying and deadlier than friendship and brotherhood.”

Unreliable tap water supplies are forcing Kyiv residents to stockpile like those queuing for water in parks.

“Even without you” came to mind Wednesday night as I filled the bathtub in my apartment with green water from the faucet, creating an emergency reservoir to flush the toilet if the water supply went completely off. I was. Also, in the first hours after the attack he bought 180 liters of bottled water, already providing a lot of water.

Photographer Anton Skaiba, driver Sergiy Maistrak and myself, a team of three, spent part of the weekend reliving what was like the uneasy first days of the pandemic, shopping around giant superstores for food. I was pushing a cart of goods. We filled them with canned products that we hoped would never have to be eaten, and wet wipes that we feared would soon be needed for bathing.

I also recently purchased a high-capacity battery with enough energy to keep my laptop and phone running during extended power outages while allowing me to brew the occasional coffee in the Nespresso machine my landlord gave me. I bought a set. Hearing the roar of coffee being made when nothing else works feels like a small victory of freedom over tyranny in a situation like this.

But no matter how much you prepare, living by candlelight and trying to keep track of events over a flickering 4G connection can be overwhelming.

Adding to the unrest in the city, many banks were closed on Thursday, meaning most transactions had to be done in cash. When I went to the branch, I couldn’t withdraw cash or exchange dollars because the teller computer was disconnected from the internal system.

The Kremlin has revealed that it is deliberately making life difficult for Ukrainians in order to force the Zelensky regime to negotiate. Remaining territories acquired early can be strengthened. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Thursday that Ukraine could “end the suffering” by accepting Moscow’s demands.

Zelensky said he had nothing to say until the last Russian troops withdrew or were driven out of Ukraine as his forces went on the offensive. This includes Crimea, which Russia illegally occupied and annexed to him in 2014. t Quit immediately.

“Without you” has become the country’s wartime motto. The Kremlin puts these words to an ever-greater test with each new barrage. So far, Ukraine has not yet flinched.

With or without lights, life goes on in Kyiv as the war with Russia continues.

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