Ukrainians adjust to the new reality of war : NPR

A civil protection guard stands at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday. Russian troops stormed towards Ukraine’s capital, and avenue preventing broke out as metropolis officers urged residents to take shelter.

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A civil protection guard stands at a checkpoint in Kyiv, Ukraine, on Saturday. Russian troops stormed towards Ukraine’s capital, and avenue preventing broke out as metropolis officers urged residents to take shelter.

Emilio Morenatti/AP

Following an evening of heavy preventing in Ukraine’s capital metropolis of Kyiv, residents are grappling with the brand new actuality of struggle in on a regular basis life.

In a span of only a few days, Russian troops have attacked additional, harming civilians in addition to navy targets. Greater than 120,000 Ukrainians are estimated to have fled the nation already.

Ukrainian journalist Andriy Kulykov, who has been in Kyiv overlaying the battle for Hromadske Radio, tells NPR’s Scott Simon he noticed explosions within the sky and felt his home windows shaking in a single day. Kulykov additionally heard automated rifles firing in a single day.

“I additionally noticed very, only a few folks in automobiles within the streets,” Kulykov says.

Ukrainian journalist Andriy Kulykov has been in Kyiv overlaying the battle for Hromadske Radio.

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Ukrainian journalist Andriy Kulykov has been in Kyiv overlaying the battle for Hromadske Radio.

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He says a couple of 5-minute stroll away from the place he lives, a rocket hit a brand new high-rise constructing, which has not been inhabited but. However close by in a distinct constructing, two civilians died when their house was hit, he says.

The Related Press reported that U.S. officers provided President Volodymyr Zelenskyy the chance to evacuate Ukraine, however he declined, saying, “the struggle is right here.”

Ukrainians are carefully monitoring updates from President Zelenskyy

Kulykov says Ukrainians are eagerly listening to Zelenskyy’s messages. “A few of them are very a lot obsessed with what he says, a few of them, after all, are usually not. However that is the character of a democratic society,” Kulykov says.

He says he is talked to some Ukrainians who imagine that Zelenskyy ought to make extra concessions to Russia, however the prevalent sentiment is that Ukraine’s president is standing by his folks, and they’re going to stay standing by him.

When it comes to how Ukrainians are feeling towards the U.S., Kulykov says many have been aggravated with President Biden earlier than the assaults began, considering that his repeated warnings of an imminent Russian invasion was simply “flaring up tensions.” However after the assaults began, Kulykov says, the perspective towards Biden has significantly modified.

“We now have by no means ever doubted the final sympathy of the American folks,” he says.

Kulykov says it is at present unclear if Ukrainian forces will be capable to maintain off Russian advances. However he says many in Ukraine are taking over arms, serving to the police and protection forces.

“I’m fairly certain that the resistance is powerful. … There have been predictions that Ukraine will probably be subjugated throughout 24 hours. To date, we have been resistant for greater than two days,” Kulykov says.

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