Hver natt må millioner av ukrainere søke ly i kjellere og tilfluktsrom. Her er en beskrivelse fra en kvinne – Maia – som forteller om sine opplevelser etter ei natt, om følelser – om sorg, frykt, bekymring for fremtiden, kjærlighet til landet, takknemlighet også til Gud for å ha fått nok en dag å leve, fordi så mange opplever at hver dag også kan være den siste. Men også sinne, sterkt sinne, over naboens angrep. Maias beskrivelse er nok det samme som millioner av ukrainere nå føler.
«Day 16th of a Russian invasion.
We slept on the floor of our bomb shelter from 1:30am till morning today. We are getting used to it. I am waking up not very rested, but my body is not achy anymore. Of course, it continues to be very uncomfortable for Sasha. Right now three of us (Sasha, Nikita, and I) sleep in this corridor between our two apartments. Between two bearing walls and no windows we feel it might be the safest place. Only once all four of us slept in that corridor – it is very narrow. Nick sleeps in the corridor of the apartment – somewhat less safe. When the baby arrives we will need to figure out how to fit a baby crib into our bomb shelter…
-6C outside this morning, at night it was –9C. We continue to pray that God keeps warm our brave men and women who are spending these cold nights in the trenches defending our land. We also continue to pray that Russian aggressors freeze inside of their machines of death, inside of their tanks. We would have prayed that God would bring change into their hearts, but the last few days made it obvious that they don’t have hearts.
When you live every day as the last one, all your emotions become very strong. There is a whole range of emotions that Ukrainians are experiencing – grief, fear, concern for the future, uncertainty, determination, love for our country, love for freedom, gratefulness to God for another day of life. But we are also very angry! And our prayers are becoming very specific, asking God for justice and His wrath on the heads of our enemy.
I guess when you are outside of this horror you can think of peacemaking as a process of pacifying all sides – hoping that it’s possible for wolves to be fed and sheep to be safe. So we continue to see people referring to what is happening in Ukraine as “Ukraine’s crisis” or “Conflict between Russia and Ukraine”. When you do that, you are playing by a Russian propaganda textbook. See my post a few days ago “Do Russians want war”. They say they don’t, they just call “war” a conflict, a liberation, a military operation, etc. What is happening in Ukraine is WAR, it’s Russian military aggression. What Russians are doing in Mariupol is genocide – they continue bombing the city and not allowing humanitarian corridors to take civilians out.
Russia is beginning to push narratives that they didn’t attack Ukraine, that they came in to prevent us from attacking. I will post again a very visual map that will remind you of a comparison between the sizes of Russia and Ukraine. Can anyone believe that Ukraine wanted to attack Russia?! For what purpose?
Lavrov, Russian minister of foreign affairs said that tragedy of Mariupol could have been avoided if Ukraine had agreed to Russia’s demands. Just like his colleague in Nazi Germany, Joachim von Ribbentrop, said that if Moscow accepted Hitler’s demands the tragedy in Eastern Europe could have been avoided.
Russian demands include our giving up the territories that Russians have occupied, agreeing to never enter any alliances (like NATO or EU), and putting Moscow puppet into our President’s office. In other words, they want us to stop existing as an independent country and become a region of Russia.
That’s why this war will continue till Ukraine wins or till Ukraine is destroyed. Feel free to choose what specifically you are praying for. We are praying for God to strike our enemies, to make them run in fear and confusion.»