Lyudmila, from Chernovtsy
Aidar battalion, Polovinkino, Luhansk region
I used to work at one of the Kyiv markets, selling flowers. There were a lot of people there whose children were drafted into the army. Everybody cried and told terrible stories about the war. I have three grown-up children, two younger ones, and three grandchildren. That’s why I decided to join the army myself, in their place. My sons have to stay and take care of their children. Besides, the young are so hot-tempered. If mothers did the whole fighting, the war might come to an end sooner. Young people haven’t had proper training, they simply don’t know anything, while we know a thing or two about life. While I was thinking it over, I received a call from Aidar. So I said yes.
I believe in God, I neither smoke nor drink alcohol. That’s why I was appointed warehouse manager straightaway. My job is to order all the necessary supplies for the volunteer soldiers.
In reality everything is not so horrible as they might imagine in Kyiv. There are no dead bodies scattered around. However, I do admit that nothing is more dreadful than seeing dead bodies. It’s horrible to see people who were alive when they were leaving the base, and now they come back as cargo 200.
Another sad thing is when they lie to you and go back on their promises. After we have had so many people killed, they are telling us to retreat and surrender everything. As simple as that. Novosvetlovka, Khryashchevate, Metallist… Now we have the same situation with Shchastya. What is going to happen next? Surrender the whole Ukraine?
I have been to Kyiv several times since I joined Aidar. It is like visiting a different planet. No wonder that our government fails to take the right decisions. If they came here in person, they would start thinking in a different way. Even though I am here, I hate war. Even when children play with toy guns. I have always believed that everything can be solved in a peaceful way. Now I see that it’s not always the case.