I wouldn’t really want
to participate in anything like this,
but I don’t really have any choice
because this is my home.
I have nowhere to go.
and I’m not going
to give it up.
I don’t get to decide
if Putin is going to invade or
to launch a nuclear weapon or
whatever. What I get
to decide is how
I’m going to respond to it.
My choice is to do something
productive and to help the people
who are defending my city.
– Hlib Bondarenko, 21 years old, Kyiv, Ukraine. Yousur Al-Hlou, Masha Froliak, Mark Boyer and Michael Downey, “’There Will Be a Battle’: A Family Prepares for War in Kyiv,” New York Times, March 1 & 2, 2022. https://www.nytimes.com/live/2022/03/01/world/ukraine-russia-war
I am the mother of my son.
And that is it. And I don’t know
if I will see him again or not. I can
cry or feel sorry for myself, or be
in shock—and all of it.
But we’re past that phase.
There are more important things
in front of us now. Right now
they are coming to kill us all.
Everyone, 100 percent. Not one person
in Kyiv is feeling safe now.
– Natalia Bondarenko, Hlib’s mother (source as above)
It’s very simple. We
protect our choice of freedom,
what we selected many years ago.
We proved this several times in 2004,
2014 and now. Fight for your country.
And I pass this message to Hlib. And
I believe the same message Hlib
will pass to his children.
– Oleg Bondarenko, Hlib’s father (source as above)
Russia, the war, the
whole situation –
It’s just barbarity.
That’s how I see it.
They surely will lose
because they don’t have
any other arguments
besides cruise missiles and
– Boris Redin, volunteer, near Freedom Square in Kharkiv, Ukraine, Associated Press, March 1, 2022