Despite the continuation of the war and the continued Russian bombing of the country’s energy facilities, Ukrainians’ morale is still high, with their adherence to hope and strong will, in the face of difficult winter conditions, according to Guardian.
Thousands of Ukrainians are sheltering in special tents, which the authorities established a week ago, to provide electricity, water, heating and internet services, after the Russian missile attacks that targeted the energy infrastructure.
A group of Ukrainians interviewed by the British newspaper confirmed that they realize that their morale has become “the central battlefield of the war”, but they defiantly make it clear that they are not ready to concede it in favor of Vladimir Putin, despite the difficulty of the “life of war”.
Inside one of the tents set up on a street corner in the Pechersky district of Kyiv, this week, dozens of Ukrainians gather to benefit from heating and electricity services and follow the news of the war, after the recent missile bombardment destroyed the national power grid, and with it the electricity and water supplies in most parts of the country. .
On a small table in the middle of the tent, a pile of cables was placed, resembling a plate of “spaghetti”, through which the local residents charge their phones and computers, and on the other side were tables featuring snacks with water.
This day, “is like February 24 at the beginning of the invasion, when all the people came together and stood in solidarity with each other,” says Marina Honcharova, a Ukrainian citizen, who gathered with a group of other individuals around the table, adding that if the war was Putin’s grand plan to grind The will of the people, it backfired.
In turn, Yuri, a theatrical actor, states that life continues and has not been stopped by the war and its difficult circumstances, revealing that theatrical performances are still being organized, “and people come to attend them, in search of positive energy.”
For her part, his wife, Oksana, explains that her 87-year-old mother has also returned to her work as a music teacher.
And at a time when Russia uses victories and slogans in World War II to increase popular support for its invasion, the Ukrainians, on the other hand, assert that the successes of the struggle in that war are part of their historical legacy from which they also draw “resistance lessons,” according to the Guardian.
In this context, 50-year-old Angelina Anatolyeva says, “We are Ukrainians and we are strong. We can survive this,” adding: “Do you remember the blockade of Leningrad? People survived it and we can also survive the current conditions.”
The missile strike on Wednesday caused great damage to the country’s power grid, as darkness covered most areas with the exception of a few public utilities and companies that use generators.
On Thursday morning, about 70 percent of the cities were without electricity, and the country appears in satellite images as a very black island, according to the Guardian, which indicates that the power outage also disrupted the operation of water pumping stations, which also stopped the supply of water to residents.
Farid Safarov, Deputy Minister of Energy, explained that a complete power outage was recorded after the missile attacks on Wednesday, explaining, “We did not have a single power system ready, it was 100 percent out of service.”
However, by four o’clock, after noon on Thursday, the national grid was repaired again, as a result of the intensive efforts of workers and engineers, who rushed to repair the damaged power stations and lines, in conjunction with the continuation of the bombing.
Safarov adds that “two facilities have been bombed at least eight times,” explaining that “energy is the second front of the war,” describing the engineers who risk their lives to restart them as “energy soldiers protecting the country.”
The Ukrainian official notes that comprehensively rebuilding Ukraine’s energy infrastructure will require a large amount of technology and external financing, but “all of this will be useless, without providing sufficient anti-missile units to counter the bombing.”
And the same speaker states: “Let’s imagine that we got all the equipment we need, installed it, and after that, we are exposed to a new missile attack that destroys everything we have achieved,” stressing that the priority is “to create a shield in the sky to protect energy infrastructure facilities.”