10/26/2022 – War update and commentary: Plunged into darkness

From Jamie Peipon: The ninth month of the war begins today and what you see in the picture is the brightest city I’ve ever lived in, but plunged into darkness. This is European square, looking over Ukraine’s main street – Khreschatyk – back towards Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and is typically one of the brightest streets in the entire country. As a result of the rolling blackouts, Kyiv does not look like itself. The rolling blackouts started after the mass attack on civilian infrastructure on October 10th (which, if you read the long article I posted about yesterday, you know was not a response to the bombing of the Crimea bridge, but had been in the works well before that attack). Since the 10th, the blackouts have been an ongoing regional issue. Today, rolling blackouts were implemented in every single oblast (region) in Ukraine. UkrEnergo, which is the state-owned grid operator, said that it was cutting electricity in all oblasts in order to stabilize the grid’s operation.

These power outages in Ukraine do not mean that they are romantically sitting in their living rooms with a few lit candles. In more rural areas, they have woodstoves and other ways of making do in less-than-ideal conditions. In cities, however, things are more challenging. Many apartments are equipped with electric stoves, so people are not able to prepare food. In addition, because these outages are affecting everything, sewer and and water services can also be interrupted. Many apartment buildings are anywhere from 6 to 12 stories high. That means that the elderly, young children, and disabled people are not able to get to bomb shelters when the sirens go off because the elevators are not working. In addition, imagine going to the store, filling up your car, then arriving at home only to find that you’ve got to walk it all upstairs… and that you may not have hot water, or any water at all, with which to wash up. These are the realities with which people in the cities are having to cope.

Solutions to this issue are challenging. The obvious solution is for buildings to have their own generators. Unfortunately, it is not terribly simple to connect them to the existing infrastructure. In addition, almost all of the diesel fuel in Ukraine currently is imported and would become extremely difficult to come by if everyone started powering their buildings with it. Of course, the armed forces also have an important use for fuel which means demand is already very high.

Because of all of these issues, Iryna Vereshchuk (Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister) has urged Ukrainians who are already abroad to stay there until spring. This advice comes as no surprise because everyone knew that russia was hoping to survive until winter so that they could exploit energy needs and try to make life miserable for Ukrainian and other European civilians.

On russian state TV, it looks like they are finally giving up on finding Nazis in Ukraine. Official channels have somewhat slowed down with that narrative and have picked up another one. Now, the reason they are at war with Ukraine is because they need not to “de-Nazify,” but rather to “de-Satanify” Ukraine. For the record, they are also saying that the west has planted Satan-worshiping facilities from which Ukraine must be cleansed.

In better news, UK intelligence is reporting that russia cannot execute proper air support as their helicopters keep getting shot down and that russia’s artillery ammunition seems to be running out. In addition, the head of the president’s office of Ukraine – Andriy Yermak – tweeted out today that “There will be good news soon.” We’re looking forward to it, whatever it may be.

‘The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”
They are corrupt, doing abominable iniquity;
there is none who does good.’

2 responses to “10/26/2022 – War update and commentary: Plunged into darkness”

  1. Thank you for this update! For some reason, the Ukraine news that I was reading on Telegram has not been working since Sunday.
    Looking forward to hearing the good news, soon!


  2. I look forward to reading the Voice of Ukraine daily so that I can be better informed (and better pray!). Praying for God’s mercy!


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