“Something like a giant whistle.” Kievans freeze after Russian attacks and buy bread in panic

“Alone, in the dark, I felt like I was lost in space,” says 76-year-old Galya Fyodorovna from Kiev. On the eve of the nine-month anniversary of the start of Russian aggression in Ukraine – February 24 – intense air and missile strikes engulfed the beleaguered country. The strikes resulted in countless deaths and injuries and massive damage to critical infrastructure. Residents of the Ukrainian metropolis were without water, electricity and connection to the world.

By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at