From Ira Kapitonova in Kyiv (Day 322):
Be not far from me, for trouble is near, and there is none to help.
Our intelligence services warn that Russia is preparing for another massive missile attack – Russians use surveillance drones and are reordering their ships.
In the past few days, we had a pattern of two hours of electricity followed by a 6-hour blackout. Some of those 2-hour slots of electricity would start at 4 am or at 10 pm, which makes them barely useful. Thankfully, it looks like our internet provider found a way to maintain its services during extended blackouts, so at least we have a connection to the outside world. We just keep reminding ourselves that with every passing day, we are closer to spring.
The weather in Ukraine remains cold (-10°C/14 F at our location). Being outside isn’t very pleasant now, and I can’t imagine being in trenches. Unfortunately, there are cases of frostbite among soldiers, so even those not wounded can lose a toe or a finger. The groups at the forefront can’t make fire not to draw the enemy’s attention and have to rely on “trench candles.” Please, pray for God’s mercy on them.
Pray for Soledar and Bakhmut – the most intense battlefields in the Donetsk region. Pray for Kherson that’s under constant shelling (they hit a perinatal center today, which set the building on fire, but thankfully there are no casualties). Please, pray for military aid to be sent to Ukraine without any delays and for the enemy to leave.