The following paragraphs are statements by by various friends in Ukraine:

“Russia, in which I was born and spent my early childhood, you have completely gone mad. You persist in your madness, continuing to destroy my Ukraine to kill my fellow citizens. You seek to revive your dignity and attain greatness, but only cover yourself more with disgrace and condemn yourself to death… And my Ukraine stood up and gained glory all over the world!”

“The kids keep asking, “When are we going home?” And all the time I think about those families who have no place to return to. I know this feeling all too well – losing your home and not knowing where to go back. Inside the pain and despair.”

“Still here and helping. Thank you for your prayers. They mean a lot and they keep us safe.”

“Our lifestyle changed tremendously over the last seven days but life still goes on.

Alot of people fled the country but many still remain here. It’s hard to get the essentials (like water, bread, flour, rice and meat) but there still plenty of coke and you could even buy pizza or shrimps without any problem. Most ATMs are out of service but at least you could still pay with your card and get the cash from your card at the cash register at the grocery store if needed. Many people are living in the bomb shelters, subway stations or basements of their building. Some are constantly bombed and attacked but the country and our people are standing strong.”

“Please continue praying for peace and for the end of war. We still have a very long way to rebuild the country, but we need to stay alive and to continue helping those who need help. Thank you very much for all your prayers and support. I really do appreciate it! We all could feel it.”