11/26/2022 – War update and commentary

From Jamie Peipon: In the picture is a sick little girl in Kyiv. She uses an inhaler to help keep her alive and it doesn’t work without electricity. So here she is, not at home, but in a gas station so that her parents could plug it in and get her the treatment she needs. Outside of the fighting itself, electricity is the biggest issue that Ukraine is working hard to solve. As of tonight, Zelenskyy reported that around 6 million people are without service.

It is maddening to see problem after problem created for Ukraine by their terrible neighbors, especially when those neighbors have practically zero chance of accomplishing the goals that they set for themselves at the start of the war. There are so many issues across so many areas that I don’t think there is a country in the world that is prepared on their own to deal with all the different crises that Ukraine has faced daily for the past nine months.

On the other hand, it is inspiring to see how these various issues are being worked on. The Ukrainian government has set up what they’re calling “Points of Invincibility.” These are communal places with electricity solutions where people can get warm, charge their devices, and communicate. There are now over 4,000 such places throughout Ukraine.

In addition, many private citizens are purchasing generators and will likely open their own homes to their neighbors in need. Some have reported that generators are still available in stores, while others are saying they aren’t seeing them on the shelves anymore. This is probably a matter of regional availability.

The international community is also stepping up. Denmark has apparently sent two truckloads of generators this week. In addition, there have been pledges or deliveries from South Korea (20 generators), France (100 generators), the USA (80 generators) and Germany (100 generators). These are generators that can power many homes, not just one single home. There are probably plenty of others that have gone unreported or that I haven’t noted.

Having the ability to generate alternative power aside from the grid will surely make it more and more difficult for russia to effectively take out infrastructure for huge numbers of civilians. On the other hand, there will be other unintended consequences. The cost of the fuel that these generators run on will surely become a factor.

“Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,
for in you my soul takes refuge;
in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge,
till the storms of destruction pass by.”

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