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One year on…

It was my son who reminded me of the anniversary of the Ukrainian War.

My head was busy with other things. I had moved on you see. Forgetting the human misery happening only a few hours away from the UK.

My son hates writing. His spelling is terrible. But he chose to share the following on a rare status post.

I’ve fixed up his spelling mistakes, but the next part is pretty true to what he posted.

I am sharing this today with his permission, because I couldn’t have said it better myself.


Today, it is the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine. This has lead to numerous deaths of millitary personnel and civilians.

In a year, roughly 103,000 people have died.

However, to quote an infamous Russian communist ‘One death is a tragedy, 1 million is a statistic’.

So to fully grasp the devastating impact of this war let’s focus on 2 stories.

This is Oleg Supereka.

He is a Ukrainian soldier who works around buildings to help out emergency services.

In March his post was bombed and he described what he saw as ‘blood every where, on the walls, floors, and the victims faces’.

He then grew sleepless, haunted by the mangled bodies he saw from that bombing. But still he fights for his and his country’s freedom.

However, don’t forget the Russians.

Many don’t want this war. And its easy to think of these people as faceless soldiers and feel a bit giddy at their deaths.

But these people are also human and we should try to never to forget that.

This is Mark Tarasov on the left.

He wanted to be a train driver but he needed a millitary ID. And so when he finished school at 19 he joined the Russian Navy.

Here he is standing with his family who look so proud because their son was just given a position on the Russian flag ship, the Moskva.

As many of you know the Moskva sank, taking Mark with it. He is assumed dead at sea.

It’s easy to forget that there is a war right outside our backdoor. But we mustn’t forget the numerous deaths and sorrows this war has brought.

Featured image by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

I’m sorry. I’m unsure where my son found the other images.

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February 2023
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