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8 years ago

Updated: Mar 20, 2022

Monday, 1 March 2022

On 1 March exactly 8 years ago I struggled to get to Crimea just like I do right now to Kyiv. But in 2014 I faced troubles in Chonhar (Kherson oblast) because of being a Kyiv resident, the Berkut (at that time - special police force that supported ex-president Ianukovych) turned me around harshly, and I was lucky. They held other people for 4 days in some basement.

In 2022, on the other hand, a tattered Ukrainian passport is a ticket.

Even if one is registered in Kyiv on the Lebedev-Kumach Street, named after the author of the USSR anthem, although the street was decommunized several years ago. But there's a checkpoint of territorial defense forces in every village.

I can't imagine how these occupants feel walking on our land.

Monday, 1 March 2022

Ukrainian Text by Bohdan Kutiepov, journalist (, translated into English by Ukrainianvancouver team – Mar 04, 2022

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