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Cold and dark: Kyiv readies for 'worst winter of our lives'


November 22, 2022

Andrew Kravchenko, Associated Press

A Ukrainian serviceman lights a candle at a memorial dedicated to people who died in clashes with security forces, at the Independent Square (Maidan) in Kyiv, Ukraine, Monday, Nov. 21, 2022. People gathered to commemorate the Maidan protest movement and the events which took place in late Feb. 2014 that led to the departure of former Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovich and the formation of a new government.

KYIV, Ukraine - When the power is out, as it so often is, the high-rise apartment overlooking Ukraine's war-torn capital feels like a deathtrap. No lights, no water, no way to cook food. And the risk of not being able to escape from the 21st floor in time should a Russian missile strike. Even when electricity comes back, it's never on for long.

"Russian strikes are plunging Ukraine into the Stone Age," says Anastasia Pyrozhenko. In a recent 24-hour spell, her 26-story high-rise only had power for half an hour. She says the "military living conditions" have driven her and her husband from their apartment.

"Our building is the highest in the area and is a great target for Russian missiles, so we left our apartment for our parents' place and are preparing for the worst winter of our lives," said the 25-year-old.


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