Fighting For Ukraine
Fighting For Ukraine
About Fighting For Ukraine
In this podcast he brings daily updates from the frontlines of the Ukranian resistance.
“As a journalist I thought, ‘You shouldn’t be involved in this. You should be watching from the sidelines.’ But the Ukrainian citizen part of me told me, ‘No, this doesn’t work anymore. You should protect your country, you should protect your loved ones, you should protect your freedom—you should protect your people.’”
November 29th 2023 Yuriy recounts a powerful story of his friend, a former soldier, who fought against Russia and the challenges he faced after the war. From rebuilding relationships to finding a new identity, Yuriy explores the difficult journey of reintegrating into civilian life after experiencing the horrors of war. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is November 29. I have a close friend who fought against Russia in 2014 and 2015. He's from Crimea, the same peninsula with Russia occupied in early 2014. Just to remind you, the war has been going on in Ukraine since then, but until last winter it was localized in a relatively small area in the east of the country. In 2014, the Russians had already occupied part of a foreign country, had already killed people on the foreign soil but we were lying, but it was not wha, but it was a civil war and the world pretended to believe them. Because otherwise it would have to find new sources of oil and gas supplies, new markets for its goods and in general, it would have to admit that the people in power in Russia are not reliable responsible partners, but cannibals, the world was not yet ready for it at that time. So my friend did not agree with the occupation of his native Crimea, went to give, joined the Army and fought against Russians for two years. He left the army not of his own free will, but due to injury. He was badly cut by shrapnel, he spent a lot of time in the hospital and then he underwent rehabilitation for several more months after the injury. It was very difficult for him to return to normal life. The war changed him so much that his wife even left him, he became a completely alien person to her, not like then one she married. Before the army, my friend worked as a director on television. He tried to return to his profession, but he did not last long. He said, "I cannot shoot cheerful holidays and loud concerts when people continue to die at the front." So he went to work as a truck driver, he said that it was a meditative occupation that distracted him from his heavy thoughts. After the start of a full scale invasion, he tried to return to the army, but he was refused due to the injury- he was recognized as unfit for service. Now, he sometimes calls me to ask about when use and give advice. This week he called again and warned: No matter how difficult it is now, the hardest and most painful will be after the war. After you have to find yourself in your normal life again. You will need to find a job again, rebuild relationships, destroyed by war, and a long separation even with the closest people. He says that it'll be very difficult to look at those who did not go to the army and made a great career while you were protecting them, sacrificing your career. It'll be difficult to persuade employers to hire you with your many years of absence from the profession while there are many people on the market who have not been to the Army and have continuous experience, have not forgotten anything and do not have disorders that are always present in veterans in civilian life. After a long absence from it, it is very easy to get lost rules of existence where are very quickly forgotten. Values change even where understanding of what relationships between people in a team should be after the army will be completely different from what they were before the army. You know, from time to time, there are stories in the news about how some prisoner was released from prison after many years behind bars and immediately got hit by a car or by a tram because he simply forgot how to live a normal life. Even such simple things as a crossing the street. In army in action, this is also forgotten very quickly. I remember how I myself got confused when in the first summer of a full scale invasion, I came to Kyiv from the front for a few days and couldn't remember how to pay for a subway ride. This is a very simple thing, I did it thousands of times, but suddenly I got lost. I just stood and looked at the closed turnstile until the subway workers opened it for a strange person in a military uniform. Therefore, I have almost no doubts, but it'll actually be worse, further. But first we still have to win.
November 24th 2023 Yuriy recounts a powerful firsthand account of the atrocities faced by Ukrainian soldiers captured by the Russians during the war, highlighting the brutal conditions, torture, and intimidation they endured. He sheds light on the inhumane treatment of prisoners of war and the ongoing suffering faced by thousands of Ukrainians still held captive by the Russians. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is 24th of November. Yesterday I spoke with a military guy who spent almost a year in Russian captivity, and this conversation is one of the most difficult tests of this war. But at the same time, nothing speaks more fully of our enemies when testimony of those who have passed through the hell of captivity. This man was captured after his unit was completely encircled by Russians. The Ukrainians fought the enemy for several weeks, but they ran out of ammunition and we are forced to surrender. But the Russians did not treat them as prisoners of war, where they are not allowed to do everything prescribed by the Convention Of The Rights Of Prisoners of War, where there are no letters home, no medical help, nothing. The Russians immediately said that they perceive the Ukrainian military as rebels, as separatists who dared to challenge legitimate authority. That is, they consider Ukraine were on and they consider were Ukrainian military to be bandits who decided to take Ukraine from the Russians. The Red Cross found itself on the same side as the Russian authorities. They refused any help, only wrote records that everyone was fine and there were no complaints. And to be honest, no one expected anything else from the Russian branch of the Red Cross. These bastards have already distinguished themselves by participating in the abduction of children from the occupied territories, I will not be surprised if it turns out that we also took part in torture of prisoners. And prisoners face torture every day. My interlocutor returned from captivity with a broken knee. Already in Ukraine he underwent surgery several times, but he still limps. Daily beatings, use of electric shocker, lack of any medical assistance and hunger. Starvation is a favorite thing of Russians. The guy I talked to lost about half of his body weight in 10 months of captivity. He had a very dangerous stage of dystrophy. Several prisoners of war. We were forced by the Russian to confess to crimes they did not commit. Through constant beatings and humiliation, they were sent to court, the session of which was covered by Russian TV channels with a slogan 'Ukrainian fascist are responsible for very brutal crimes.' Several people simply died of starvation and torture. Those who survived and did not break under torture were sent to Russian prisons for ordinary criminals. Three to five prisoners were sent to each prison, no more. The Russians are very afraid that the Ukrainians will revolt and therefore try to divide them. In prisons to the constant beaten and abuse by the administration, brutality is added by the detainees who are made to believe by propaganda. But Ukrainians are not human beings. My comrade was recognized as a prisoner of war and included on the list for exchange thanks to a successful counter offensive last year, after which many captured Russians ended up in the hands of Ukrainians, Moscow could release them only with the help of an exchange. Thus several dozen people who survived the real horror of Russian captivity returned home. They are all crippled physically and mentally, but they are already at home. Several thousand more Ukrainians are still in the hands of the Russians and are daily experiencing nightmarish pain and endless intimidation.
November 21st 2023 Yuriy reflects on the approaching winter in war-torn Ukraine and the challenges that lie ahead. Amidst the cold and fear, Yuriy finds strength and determination to endure the hardships of war. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is November 21st. I haven't written anything for a long time. There was almost no free time for it, but I'm very grateful to you for your birthday wishes, they really warmed me in our already very cold autumn. That time of the year has already begun, which since May, I thought about with a shudder. The daylight hours are very short. There is mud under foot, then ice, and every day it is getting colder. In the spring when it rained almost nonstop and we were constantly wet, in the summer with its heat, which makes you want to throw away the bulletproof vest because it was unbearably hot in it. I told myself that all this was nothing compared to what I had to experience in the winter. I remind myself of a silly but true story, but it is better to be covered with sweat seven times than with frost, just once. Getting wet in the rain in May and getting wet in the rain in November is completely different matter. In November. There are a hundred times more chances catching pneumonia and therefore rain in May is just a small adventure and not a problem. You know, everyone understood, both in the summer and then the spring, but the war would not end until the winter. That all what we had already gone through last year, we would have to experience again. And ice and cold and frozen ground, which cannot be dug, but it is necessary to dig. I have a personal memory from the last winter we lived in the house on the outskirts of Bakhmut, the wall of which had several holes from the impact of shells. The wood burning stove was able to hit only the first floor of this house, but there was not enough room for me there, so I slept on the second floor. I slept in the sleeping back without taking off my outer clothes and sometimes without even taking off shoes. It was so cold there. I remember how one morning I woke up and saw that the water in the plastic bottle on the floor was completely frozen. There was solid ice. I didn't take my winter jacket for several days and still could not keep warm. As I said, we all understood that we would have to go through all this again. But there was still a spark of hope that the war would end before the cold, that we would no longer have to freeze in trenches and concrete bunkers risking catching a cold in our kidneys and all other organs along with them. This spark went out with the first gust of cold winter winds. It has already started to be covered with snow, which fell in several regions of Ukraine. This week, we are entering a new winter of war. Again with nightmares of cold nights when you wake up from the chattering of your own teeth are added to the endless nightmares of shellen and bombing. This winter, there will be many dead and wounded again. There will be destruction of peaceful Ukrainian cities again, and Russians will again try to destroy our civil infrastructure in order to leave people without heat and light, so that the front, with its deaths cold and fear will come and in the rear it'll be difficult for us. Very difficult. I can't even explain how difficult it is even for civilians to live in the cold winter without heat and light under rocket fire, but we will endure. We must endure.
November 11th 2023 Yuriy celebrates his 43rd birthday today and he talks of the compassionate interaction between Ukrainian soldiers and animals on the front lines. These animals, from kittens to lizards, offer emotional support to the soldiers, and Yuriy expressed profound gratitude to listeners for funding a critical operation for one of his cats. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It's November 11 And today will be a special episode because it's my birthday. I'm 43 years now, and in honor of this, I'll tell you about kittens, puppies, and our little creatures. You've probably seen many photos and videos of Ukrainian soldiers feeding and playing with animals, teaching them tricks. There are so many of these photos and videos that you might think there is a whole zoo in every unit, and you know what? That's exactly how it is - in units on the front lines or near the front, there always a lot of animals and often they're more comfortable than humans. Once I attended a briefing in the bunker, led by a tough combat officer. A real warrior who could command his subordinates with just a blink and there he was conducting the briefing, standing up because he did not dare to disturb the cat sleeping in his chair. So he stood next to her, given orders to the soldiers, and the soldiers took it completely normally because. This cat was the pet of an entire unit when she had kittens, soldiers and officers even took turns to ensure that nothing but what happen to the little ones and their mom. And in another unit, after a successful offensive, the commander ordered to move to new recaptured positions, not only his soldiers, but also those dogs and cats that were close to them. And we are talking about dozens of animals. The fact is that very often only with soldiers can save these animals the war left them without homes, which were either destroyed or abandoned. Their owners have died, run away or simply unable to care for the animals due to lack of money or poor health. In the army, there's always food, always shelter and military doctors who save not only humans, but also animals. And military personnel are always happy to have these animals around. It's easy to explain. Soldiers are disconnected from home, from loved ones, from their families. People lack warmth, the ability to care for someone. Loneliness, despite being surrounded by people, becomes a constant companion for soldiers and a little creature, a dog, a cat, a parrot, or even a lizard is someone looking for warmth, protection, and care. That's how people and animals live side by side in an emotional symbiosis helping each other in this terrible war. I constantly see these animals often living where I live in rooms or bunkers. I treat them very well, but I don't form friendly relationships. It's funny, but I am afraid of betraying my cats. I want to remain truly emotionally attached only to them. I always make sure that everything is fine at home for them when I'm not there. Every time I send money home supported by your contributions, I remind my relatives to buy something tasty for my cats. Actually, they already know what to buy, but I still remind them. It gives me the feeling that I'm taking care of cats. And you've made a wonderful gift for my today's birthday. You've covered the cost of a small but very important medical operation for my younger cat. They found a small but unpleasant tumor in his nose. Thanks to you, this nasty thing has been removed, so thank you, you've made my second birthday during this war truly wonderful.
November 7th 2023 Yuriy offers hard-hitting insights from his experiences in Gaza and establishes haunting comparisons between Hamas and modern Russia. He provides his thoughts on the distressing realities of living under war-torn regimes and their impact on innocent lives. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is November 7th. I've been to Gaza several times while working as a journalist. Initially, I covered the conflicts where, and later I visited the Ukrainian diaspora. It's quite sizable with several hundred people, primarily women who married Arab men who studied in Ukrainian universities and moved to their husbands' homeland. So, I have firsthand experience of what Gaza is like, who Hamas is, and what really happens in the region. Once I spent eight hours being interrogated by, so-called Hamas counter intelligence. This happened after Hamas found a photo on my daughter's Instagram page with a few flags, including the Israeli one in the background. It was enough to raise suspicions that I might be a spy. During the interrogation, my guarantor, in fact, a hostage of Hamas was questioned alongside me. This was a common practice. Any journalist. Coming to Gaza had to have a local guarantor approved by Hamas to ensure that the reporter would not write or film anything that could compromise Hamas. My guarantor was a local Ukrainian who received death threats and torture warnings for his family due to the photo on my daughter's Instagram. Now, Ukrainians, along with ours, many of whom I know personally are dying in Gaza because of Hamas. You know, I think the similarities between Hamas and modern Russia go beyond being bloodthirsty terrorist regimes built on hatred. They share a few other things. Firstly, neither Hamas nor Putin can give up war. War has become the essence of way existence. As long as there is a war, they can ignore economic problems, horrific losses of way around population, unemployment and poverty. In Soviet Union, there was a saying, "war erases everything" in the sense that war can justify any including catastrophic failures. Without war, without hatred, both Putin and Hamas would be ordinary losers. With no normal economy, excessive mortality, deteriorating education, and an all powerful repression apparatus. Hamas became what it is by taking 2 million residents of the Gaza Strip hostage. Yes, many of them supported Hamas, but far from all so we can talk about hostages. Hamas demanded world aid, insisting it was needed for humanitarian purposes in Gaza, but spent it on war. I once stayed in eight story hotel in Gaza with only two guest rooms and no stairs- you could only move around with an elevator. This was because concrete for stairs and walls went into building tunnels for Hamas, water pipes, were used for manufacturing makeshift rockets, and so on. And not just in the hotel. 90% of water in Gaza was contaminated because water pipes were almost never used for water supply, only for rockets. Putin on the other hand, didn't take anyone hostage. The world willingly gave him money and provided technologies for the production of weapons far more dangerous than what Hamas had. Even after Russians annexed Crimea and started a war in Donbas, openly saying what we preparing to destroy Ukraine as a state, money, technologies and weapon components continued to flow to Russia. The world, especially the West, on its own money, created its own Hamas with nuclear weapons, obsessed with the idea of destroying neighbors. The West created it and then left Ukrainians -those same neighbors -to deal on their own with were wars. Largest terrorist organization.
November 3rd 2023 Yuriy engages in a thought-provoking conversation with a British radio host. He addresses the question of whether Ukrainians feel betrayed by the shifting focus of the Western world to the Middle East, and how this affects the support they receive. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is 3rd of November. Yesterday I was on the air with a British radio host discussing a topic that some of my fellow countrymen are criticizing me for now. The conversation was about war, of course. The host asked me if Ukrainians feel betrayed because the focus of western world has shifted to the Middle East, and as a result we are likely to receive less support. I replied that Ukrainians, don't feel betrayed precisely because of this. I explained that the war against Hamas is just as much a battle against evil as the war against Russia. In my view, Hamas and Russia are just different heads of same monster- International terrorism fueled by hatred and spreading fear and interethnic hostility. Let me add something I didn't get to say on air- during the Second World War, the free world was confronted by German Nazism, Italian fascism, aggressive imperial ideology of Japan, and a bunch of other smaller, but still inhuman regimes. But everyone understood, it's all the same, just under different flags. The same goes for Hamas and Russia. Remember how I started my answer by saying that Ukrainians don't feel betrayed right now? As I explained to the host, this feeling has been with us for quite a while. We feel betrayed by the West because the tanks and cannons that would help us defeat the enemy are rusting away in European and American warehouses. They provide us with weapons very slowly and in very small quantities. Even though this weaponry was specifically made to stop the enemies of a free world. And now, when supposedly it's time has come, politician are, has hesitated and slowing down the deliveries. We see with our own eyes but every tank left in hangar in Germany or Belgium is a destroyed unit of Ukrainian defenders, every plane sent to the scrapyard instead of Ukrainian Air Force is a ruined village. Nasty populists around the world are calling to end to aid to Ukraine claiming that it's better to focus on internal problems when you hear this, remember, Ukraine does not need new tanks, planes, or missiles. They are already exist, thousands of them, and they're just gathering dust in hangers. They won't help solve the internal problems of the countries where way quietly, rust away. You can't feed the poor with them. You can't. Turn them into textbooks for school children. The radio host responded that weapons are being supplied, very limited because the West is very afraid of a third world war and asked if Ukrainians are not afraid of it. I answered as honestly as possible asking the host to understand me correctly: in Ukraine, many people actually want the war to escalate into a world war. Not because we wish death to other people, but because entering NATO would help us defeat our enemies faster and liberate we captured it, cities. Now, I must emphasize a very important point. Personally, I don't want the war to turn into the third world War, and I don't want to involve new countries and peoples in it. The only thing I want is more weapons from these countries and peoples. I remind you this weaponry that was specifically made to destroy those who threaten the freedom of the people, and that's why it should be in Ukraine now
November 1st 2023 In this deeply reflective episode, Yuriy shares his thoughts on the eve of his second birthday as a soldier. With a sense of solemnity and determination, he contemplates the changing nature of celebrations in the face of war and underscores the global importance of defending Ukraine against an aggressive force that seeks world domination. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is November 1st. The last autumn month has arrived a wonderful time. Soon, just in 10 days it'll be my birthday. It's the second one since the beginning of the full scale invasion, I'll be 43. When I joined the army, I was 41. When I return from the war, if I return of course, only God knows how old I'll be. I've already mentioned that the war drags on that. It may last for years and years that Russians still plan to subjugate Ukraine, even if it remains nothing but desolate lifeless ruins. Well, you can understand the mood I'm preparing for my birthday with. Not in despair, but also without a festive spirit. Honestly, I don't know how to feel about this day at all because it used to be a family celebration- my brother and I were born on our mother's birthday. We all gathered together in our home in Kharkiv. My mom is thousands of miles away from Ukraine now. My brother turned out to be a covert and deserter living among enemies in Russia, and the house we used to gather in stands empty. It's located in such a dangerous place where Russian rockets constantly lands and no one wants to live where even for free. So, now I don't have all the things that used to make my be of the celebration and with each other day of war, less and less remains of what was important and valuable before the full scale invasion. Those times, though it's been just over 600 days seem impossibly distant and almost unreal. It's hard to believe that I could live a civilian life, wear something other than a military uniform, work, go to bars, plan vacations, and visit friends and family. All of that is gone now, but there is something much more important- the Ukrainian army, which is currently destroying the worst part of humanity and the greatest threat to the world since the Nazis. And I am part of this army, on which not only the existence of Ukraine depends, but also the entire world where does not want to live in slavery under tyrants. These Putin's zombies, these mindless killers who invaded our land, they won't just stop. There's no point at which we'll say, well, that's enough, we won't go further. Neither Kyiv, nor Berlin, nor London will be enough for them. They will constantly seek to subjugate the world. And that's why there is no time to waste on negotiations with them. They need to be destroyed. Without mercy. Just as our grandfathers destroyed Nazi killers who also dream of world domination. In Ukraine, we currently lack tanks, missiles and planes to turn our anger and desire for victory into the health of occupiers, to send them to grave, not by thousands as now, but by tens of thousands. And if all this equipment were to come to us now, it would be the best gift for me on all my remaining birthday and for the birthday of all Ukrainians.
October 27th 2023 Yuriy shares a story of a two-year-old girl's innocent hope amidst the backdrop of conflict. Her unwavering belief that her father will return home serves as a powerful reminder of the human cost of war and the indomitable spirit of those left behind. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is October 27. Recently, we buried the brother of my colleague in journalist work- a very young man who from the early days of a full scale invasion, joined the army, bravely fought and was killed a few weeks ago in enemy shelling. His entire family was present at the funeral. We were all grey with grief, standing with trembling arms, unable to do more than cry or pray. Only his two year old daughter who still doesn't understand what death is, ran cheerfully among the graves. When the funeral was over and the wooden cross with a photo over fallen shoulder was placed over his fresh grave, she ran up to the portrait of her father and began to show a small Ukrainian flag to this portrait. She told how kind people gave her this flag, how she would play with it, waiting for her Dad. And when the relatives let her away from the cemetery, she ran back to the cross, looked at the photo with a smile and said, "Daddy, we are waiting for you at home." She doesn't understand that her Dad is no longer, where she still thinks it's some incomprehensible adult game, just hiding her father somewhere and not seeing him for a long time. She does not like this game much, but if adults decided to play with her, what can she do? She'll wait for her dad. But he won't come back. He will never read her stories again or teach her to ride a bike or accompany her to school or visit her a happy birthday. He's gone because our reckless neighbors decided that we must come to our land and kill the father of this little girl and thousands of other fathers, mothers, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers and sisters of such little girls and boys. You know, for me, Russia now forever associates with woes great people at the funeral with an unquenchable grief, with endless roles of graves where very young people lie. And when someone even many years later starts talking about the need to forget all the evil brought by the Russians, to forgive them for the terrible crimes, I will see in front of my eyes that two year old girl talking to the photo of her father on the grave: "Daddy, we are waiting for you at home."
October 24th 2023 Yuriy shares tales of generosity and connections that transcend borders. From snacks and a cherished Vietnam War unit T-shirt sent by a listener to the unexpected arrival of signed books from musician and author Alan Paul, these gestures remind us of the importance of maintaining a connection to civilian life during challenging times and the power of reading to combat loneliness and despair. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is October 24, Even in war, even in the darkest times reason for joy emerge. A few months ago, my listener from the United States, Thomas sent me a whole box of snacks and a t-shirt with the logo of the unit he served with in Vietnam. We are still enjoying with snacks, stretching them out, taking a bit at a time. I proudly wear the T-shirt when I'm not on duty and have the right to change the clothes. I can't express enough how grateful I am to Thomas for these gifts. They are truly important; they make you realize you are not alone, that you have a connection with other people who value and support you. And yesterday my daughter received another package at the post office. Two books from Alan Paul, a musician, journalist, and writer from the United States. Mr. Paul specializes in research in American music, particularly my all time favorites, The Alman Brothers Band when I was a journalist. I even interviewed him for my show and since then we've kept in touch. At the beginning of the year, he released a new book and sent it to Kyiv in my daughter's name for her to receive while I'm at war. The package took six months to arrive, but it did. Just when I had lost the hope that it would ever make it. Mr. Paul sent me two books right away- one about the Allman Brothers Band and another about Stevie Ray Vaughan released a few years ago, both signed by the author with warm wishes and the new book even marked as an advanced reader copy. That means it is from the very first print run, not for sale, but for distribution to a select group of readers chosen by the author. I honestly didn't believe the package would make it, but yesterday my daughter even sent me photos of both books with author's signatures. These books are now waiting for me at home. I promised the author they would be the first ones I read after the victory, when I can finally return home for good. These things are incredibly important when you are in the military. They really help maintain a connection to civilian life and prevent falling into despair even when things are really tough. To be honest, I ask for letters with questions because it also serves as feedback, giving me the chance to understand that there are people who are interested in communicating with me, who care about me. Unfortunately, I can't take physical books with me. They are too heavy. Take up a lot of space and quickly deteriorate in the field conditions. So I read the book gifts after the victory. By the way, there are already a few accumulated aside from the two books from Alan Paul, there's also a massive volume from my acquaintance, a history professor from Jerusalem. It is dedicated to the emergence of Judaism and its first centuries of existence. It's a precious thing for me. It took several months to arrive and reached Kyiv when I was in Bakhmut. Now this volume with a heartfelt inscription from the offer is also waiting for me at home. In my free time, I continue to read eBooks on my small Chinese Kindle analog. I am aiding new books to my e-library, thanks to the money you sent me. Thank you very much for that because reading truly saves from depression, from despair, and from loneliness.
October 20th 2023 Yuriy offers a chilling glimpse into the changing tactics of the Russian forces, leaving many to wonder what's in store for Ukraine this winter. With an ominous focus on missile stockpiling and the desire to bring Ukrainians to their knees, he sheds light on the relentless determination of the Ukrainian people in their fight for truth and freedom against the backdrop of savagery and darkness. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is October 20. The Russians have a large number of very different missiles, which can be conventionally divided in two types: those that can fly several tens of miles and those that can travel hundreds or even thousands of miles. The Russians constantly used both types of these missiles together, they constantly tried to destroy both cities and towns near the front line as well as those located deep in the rear. But in the last few weeks they have changed their tactics. While they did not stop shelling the front line cities, they stopped or almost stopped hitting targets far from their positions. You might say, alright, it's good news, it's actually fine that they did not hit big cities inside the country anymore. But when it comes to the Russians, there can be only one good news, they all have disappeared and will not kill anyone else. In fact, what is happening now with missiles is very disturbing. The enemy has stopped shelling some cities not because a human has suddenly woken up in it, not because it feels sorry for the civilians who died from its missiles. No, the enemy was and remains a monster. As it did not bother with the death of civilians before, it does not bother now. It's just that now it's stocking up on missiles to start destroying cities when the real winter comes. It wants to leave Ukrainians without a roof over their heads, without heat, without light, without water and transport. It wants the number of civilian casualties to be so impressive that Ukrainians would be ready to start negotiations with these monsters, if only to stop the deaths among children and elderly. I am not making anything up. This is exactly what the Russians tried to do last winter. Even in their so called news, they flaunted the Russians ability to leave Ukrainians without the benefits of civilization and force us to surrender precisely with the help of these long range missiles. Then they miscalculated. The accumulated missiles were not enough to destroy the entire Ukrainian infrastructure. Yes. They caused a lot of damage, killed thousands of people, left cities without power for several days and sometimes even for weeks, but they could not break the will of Ukrainians to resist. So they will try again this winter. Having learned from the failures of last year, they are now planning to launch much more massive attacks on our cities, kill even more people, destroy even more buildings. Will they succeed in breaking the will of Ukrainians this time? Of course not, but a very difficult, very cold and very dark winter awaits us. This in itself could be a bad news, but worse than all of this is that the next winter will be even worse. The war drags on for years. Putin will not end it as long as he is alive and has something that can shoot at Ukrainians. His people either support the genocide of Ukrainians in every way or live by the principle the authorities know better, if they decided to kill Ukrainians, then they must know something. Now a cold rain is falling in the streets. The roads in the east of the country are already turning into mud, and it's cold and damp in the trenches and bunkers. And this is just the beginning, warmth will only return in May, until then very difficult times awaits us. Remember this and don't forget, Ukrainian soldiers are fighting for truth and freedom against savagery and darkness.
October 16th 2023 In this thought-provoking episode, Ukrainian soldier Yuriy provides a stark assessment of the growing global danger, drawing parallels between Russia's actions in Ukraine and recent terrorist attacks. He highlights the concerning normalization of violence and the potential for even more bloodshed and suffering on the horizon, as world leaders grapple with the consequences of their choices on the international stage. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is October 16. I don't really like being the bearer of bad news, but I have to say it. We all need to prepare for the fact that the world is about to become much more dangerous than it is now. The bloody terrorist attack by Hamas on Israel is a clear signal that things are going to get worse. There will be more bloodshed, more suffering and fewer peaceful places on the planet. And part of the reason for this is the normalization of what Russia is doing in Ukraine. Just remember, Hamas has not done anything that the Russians aren't doing in Ukraine. Russians, just like Hamas, have shelled and continue to shell peaceful cities, take civilians as hostages, torture and execute them, kill children and the elderly, commit sexual violence and plunder. And yet, Russia is still a member of the international community. Its representatives sit not in jail, but in the United Nations Security Council. Russians haven't been expelled from the other countries. And Moscow still receives money from the West for oil and gas. The most brutal killers and rapists in Russia are now considered heroes, not criminals. And Hamas sees all of this. They see that Russians can act like monsters, but the world will still engage with them on the global stage, and respected politicians will spout nonsense about the need to let Russians save face. And so, these Hamas guys logically conclude, if Russians can get away with it, why can't we? If the world cooperates with these murderers and terrorists who have no boundaries, why wouldn't it agree to our terms? And it's only going to get worse. Right now, the Russians are organizing so called "meat storms" on an unseen scale. They are already experiencing a shortage of equipment, so their commanders are sending their soldiers almost without cover against Ukrainian tanks and artillery. Any reasonable person can understand that it is a nightmare and madness to fight by throwing the bodies of your soldiers at the enemy. But Russian generals Need some kind of victory by the end of the year. We need to capture some ruins, which the Russian propagandists can turn into a great achievement reminiscent of the capture of Berlin in 1945. Putin's next year's election campaign will be built around this victory. It's supposed to be his personal triumph, so Russians are literally sacrificing their soldiers in the name of the cult of Putin. The outcomes of the upcoming elections in Russia, scheduled for March, are known in advance. Putin will be re elected for another 6 years with a voting percentage ranging from 80 to 90 percent of Russians casting their ballots in favor. The vote rigging machine during Putin's tenure has never faltered. However, despite the predictability of the results, elections in Russia remain a significant ritual. It is meant to be a true celebration of loyalty to the leader, a demonstrative act of complete subservience to him. On the eve of this celebration, the leader must deliver a victory to the people and not overly disturb them with bad news, such as, for instance, a new wave of mobilization. But already after all the formalities are over and Putin officially takes office for another 6 years, politeness will be quickly forgotten. The tides of mobilization will surge again with hundreds of thousands, if not millions of soldiers being deployed to kill Ukrainians, new mid storms will unfold and new attacks on the Peaceful cities claiming new innocent victims of the Putin cult among Ukrainian children and the elderly. And all the while cannibals from around the world will be watching attentively, watching and asking themselves, if Russians can do this, why can't we?
October 12th 2023 Yuriy shares the story of his relentless mission to rescue his parents in the midst of shelling and despair in Ukraine where they escaped to Israel, only to find themselves in yet another terrifying conflict. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions)
October 6th 2023 In this chilling episode, Ukrainian soldier Yuriy offers a harrowing glimpse into the brutal realities of surviving an invasion. From the relentless Russian targeting of civilian areas to the heartbreaking choices faced by refugees, listeners will gain invaluable insights into the resilience and determination required to endure in a world torn apart by war. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) Neither the vast distance from Russia, nor a powerful army, nor attempts by your politicians to appease Putin will save your country from war. If a deranged dictator decides to attack you, nothing will stop him. Then you will need to know what to do to survive in a new reality, the name of which is war. After escaping from your city and spending many hours on the road, witnessing death and destruction first hand, it may seem to you that the worst is already behind, that you and your loved ones are now hundreds of miles from the border where the invasion began, and the Russians won't reach you. But they will. We have plenty of missiles that will target exactly where refugees are fleeing- schools, stadiums, and other places where people who fled the war will be located. This is a common practice for Russian military, targeting civilian objects to intimidate people. Normally such actions are called terrorism, but the Russians will claim that the terrorists are not them, but ordinary peaceful people whom they are killing. They will tell stories that under the guise of refugees in schools and stadiums, mercenaries and Nazis are hiding, who are armed and dangerous, and that you deserve what is happening to you. And in the world there will be millions of people who will believe it. They will say, "oh, no one will just invade another country and kill thousands of people for no reason. Maybe the Russians are right, perhaps there are really Nazis there." Furthermore, among the politicians of your country, there will surely be wars who will start calling for surrender. They will say that resistance is futile, that only by surrendering to the aggressor can lives be saved. That the independence of your country and the freedom of your nation are not really that important. You will see some of these politicians in the news, they will stand next to Russian generals and talk about how the Russians are not killing civilians, even fought, but that time you will have seen hundreds, if not thousands, of your fellow citizens dead who never held a weapon. Get ready for your life to depend almost entirely not on your actions, but on the actions of other people. Your bank accounts may be frozen, cash will quickly run out and even if it doesn't, where is not guarantee, but you'll be able to buy anything. Hotels will already be overcrowded with refugees, stores may not be open. And you will be completely dependent on volunteers and state, if it still exists. Yes, it may actually disappear under the boots of the occupier. Only people themselves can prevent such a development, save the state, because the army that can and should defend the country consists of ordinary people, like you. And perhaps you will also have to join the military. Even if you don't really want to, in times of war, the state does not ask who wants and who does not want to fight, who was born a pacifist or who is a real fighter, everyone will be mobilized. Even those who think they are too sick, old or weak to serve in the army, and you, most likely, will have to be involved in the military somehow. It's a great honor, but also a great challenge. Because of the intensity of the battles. Death that awaits you and the cruelty of the enemy who dreams of killing you are simply insane. Death will lie down next to you in the evening and wake up with you in the morning. And it will be very, very difficult.
September 27th 2023 Yuriy changes the format for this episode and gives you things to think about should you ever be faced with an invasion and occupiers come to your door. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) War will begin for you unexpectedly. You will wake up in the middle of the night when suddenly rockets start exploding all around you. You will rush to the window and it's very likely that you will see neighboring buildings catching fire and crumbling from these rockets. You will call your family, who will also have been awakened by the explosions and they will, just like you, look out at the window in confusion. You will urge them to dress quickly, gather documents, money and some essentials and run to the car. You will attempt to flee from the war, heading in the opposite direction from where the rockets are coming. You will have a decent chance of saving your life and the lives of your loved ones if your city isn't too close to the border where the invaders will enter your country. The chances of survival increase the sooner you make the decision to leave. Just an hour after the first rocket attack, the highways will already be filled with refugees like you. Some of them will perish simply because the occupier's tanks, which will rapidly advance toward your city, will start shooting at the cars for the bloodthirsty amusement. It's crucial, very crucial to remember that if you have a low fuel tank or an electric car incapable of traveling from 500 to 700 miles without charging, you are most likely doomed to either die or fall under occupation. The same goes for your loved ones. So invest in a Fuel efficient car with a gasoline or diesel engine and always keep a reserve of fuel. In critical moments, you won't be able to buy a canister even for a million dollars. If you possess firearms, think twice before deciding to take them with you. If the Russians have already captured the entrances to your city and set up checkpoints, they will undoubtedly search you and they will unquestionably find those firearms leading to your execution right on the roadside. In general, do everything in your power to avoid these checkpoints, because even the smallest detail could become a death sentence for you, a tattoo with your national symbols or books by authors banned in Russia. In essence, anything could trigger in the Russians the desire to kill you or send you to a concentration camp. If you have stocked up on fuel, left the city in time and avoided all the checkpoints. Prepare yourself for driving through ruin it buildings and burn out cars. You will hear the screams of war who are dying and smell the odour of burning human bodies. The Russians will have enough rockets and shells to kill thousands of innocent people or what the news may have led you to believe that they exhausted all their resources by killing Ukrainians. That's not true. They have plenty left. A lot. And they will use it all against you. You will witness things you never seen. Not even in the most terrifying horror movies. You will literally drive through death and suffering and this death and suffering will haunt you as well. If you are fortunate enough to escape the rapidly forming occupation zone in the first hours of the invasion, your mind will begin to analyze the situation feverishly. You will remember how your politicians assured you that there was no threat of war, that Putin had agreed to occupy only Ukraine, that Ukrainians were sacrificed for the sake of preventing the Russian army from advancing further and endangering the peaceful lives of Western countries. You will start cursing these politicians and your relatives and friends who voted for them because these politicians said that too much money was being spent on helping Ukraine and that it was better to hand it over to the occupier in exchange for promises not to advance further. Most likely, some of these relatives and friends you will recall will no longer be among the living. They will burn in buildings hit by rocket launchers, be shot by drunken Russian soldiers when they come to loot their apartments, or die from heart attacks upon witnessing the horror unfolding around them. You will feel sick thinking about this, but you won't be able to concentrate of this feeling because you will come to realize that the enemy will attempt to occupy your entire country and perhaps a few neighboring ones. Therefore you must keep going, heading west, east, south or whatever is farthest from Russia or the already occupied countries. There is no room for nervous breakdowns, so prepare in advance and buy and keep sedatives and energy drinks in your car. Your life may depend on their presence if, of course, you survive long enough to remember to drink them. If you survive, remember and continue on your journey. Another trial awaits you. While you are driving, your loved ones will start texting and calling you. Perhaps your parents or your brothers and sisters. Some of them most likely will already be in the occupation zone and will call you only to say their goodbyes. Prepare yourself for the fact that someone very close to you will call a few hours before their demise, and you won't be able to help in any way. They will be shot, tortured to death, strangled, or buried alive in a mass grave. And you, specifically you, will know about it, but won't be able to do anything to stop this horror. All of this is very likely to happen to you, and maybe very soon. Prepare yourself, I will help you. Listen to me carefully because I'm currently traveling through the hell that will come to you if those like me and those around me don't make it.
September 25th 2023 Yuriy shares the heartbreaking story of his strained relationship with his brother, who remains in Russia despite the ongoing conflict. Yuriy reflects on the choices people make when faced with adversity and the profound sacrifices required for the pursuit of freedom. He sheds light on the personal struggles and difficult decisions experienced by those living in the midst of conflict. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) I have already told you about my brother, who lives with his family in Moscow. I ceased all communication with him almost at the very beginning of the full scale invasion, when I realized that he was perfectly fine with everything that was happening, even the mortal danger hanging over our parents, who were literally bombarded with rockets and shells could not make him leave Russia. At first, it seemed to me that he was simply confused, not fully understanding what was actually going on. However, as this confusion persisted for weeks and then months, I realized that I no longer had a brother. There was some entity that had taken on my brother's appearance, but inside it was something cold, malevolent, and ruffless, like that cosmic creature from the old movie, The Thing, that could cleverly mimic humans who were killed by it. I cut off contact with this person, but my relatives did not. My uncle, who lives in Kharkiv and risks his life almost every day under Russian shelling, spent a lot of time trying to persuade my brother to leave Russia. Not necessarily to come to Ukraine and join the Ukrainian army, but to go anywhere to avoid dealing with a country that had ignited this insane bloody war. At first, my brother mumbled something Vaguely even promised to start looking for ways to live the country of killers. But at some point he could not take it anymore and confess that he had no intention of going anywhere that he could not imagine how he could leave behind everything he had accumulated in his life, all it was in Russia. You know, when I heard about this, I remembered my acquaintance, a journalist who escaped from the then beseiged city of Kherson, taking only her cat and a bit of food for herself and this cat. She left everything else behind for the enemy and she was happy when she reached the free part of Ukraine. She had nothing, not even spare socks, just the cat and a piece of paper with her relatives phone number in Kyiv who took her in. But she cried tears of joy because she had escaped from the enemy, preserving the most precious fink, your freedom. I also recalled an older man who last autumn walked nearly 200 miles on foot from the occupied Mariupol to reach the unoccupied part of Ukraine. He nearly died of cold and hunger, but he was happy too because he fled from the occupiers. But my most vivid memory was the evacuation of our- my and the person who was my brother- parents. Our father carried our partially paralyzed mother to the evacuation bus because she could not walk. When they were just about 300 meters away, the bus started moving and my father had a heart attack, thinking the bus would leave them on the road which the Russians were shelling with artillery. He carried my mother and she held a bag of sandwiches in her hand, the only thing they took from home. And he fell right on the road when he saw the only chance of survival was moving away. He fell while still holding my mother in his hands. That could be the end. But fortunately, the bus driver saw my parents and stopped, and the people inside the bus helped my parents crawl on board. Of course, I expected my brother not to want to spend a single moment among the people who had tried to kill our parents, who had decided to forcibly subjugate our homeland. I thought he would leave that country and somehow start helping Ukraine in its struggle against the enemy. But to do that, he would have to part with his almost new TV, his motorcycle, a couple of dozens branded shirts, expensive furniture, and recently installed plumbing. He was not ready to do that. It was too high a price for him. I once read about How monkeys are caught in Africa. The hunter takes a dry gourd, carves a small hole in it, pours seeds inside that monkey loves, and then securely fastens the gourd to a tree. The monkey reaches its hand into the hole, grabs the seeds, clenches them in its fist, and then tries to run away. But the clenched fist won't fit through the small hole. The monkey senses danger, even sees it approaching when the hunter comes, but it can escape and save itself by simply opening its hand, letting go of the seeds and leaving them behind. But greed prevents the monkey from doing this, and that's why it meets its demise. All this stuff that my brother and those like him cling to, it's precisely those seeds in the gourd that they are unable to leave behind. Very soon, the Russian authorities will start looking for those responsible for the failures on the frontlines. That's how they've always done in throughout history. So it's clear to everyone that this time will be no different. Ukrainians living in Russia will be the first in line to be labelled enemies and spies through whom Russia failed to conquer all of Ukraine. They could save themselves, they could run away, not to mention that they could help their homeland. 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September 23rd 2023 Yuriy reflects on the strong bonds of friendship formed in the midst of conflict, noticing how common purpose and shared danger break down barriers. He also discusses the toll of the ongoing war, the tragic loss of comrades and the world's diminishing attention to the Ukrainian conflict despite the continued suffering of those on the front lines. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is 23rd of September. I have already mentioned that I travel quite extensively and have moved along the front line several times. In each unit I've visited, I have acquaintances, often more than just acquaintances, true friends. Usually, on the front lines, people quickly find common ground, even if they differ greatly in age, social status, education, or rank. Common purpose and shared danger effortlessly break down all these civilian and military barriers, leveling all possible conflicts. It seems to me that such strong bonds of friendship as on the front lines, are impossible to find anywhere else. If you have neighbors or acquaintances who are veterans, just pay attention to how warmly they feel towards their comrades in arms, not every close relative, to be honest, can expect such relations. I am confident that my listeners with military experience will confirm my words. Under fire, everything becomes simpler. Stereotypes instantly vanish. And it's genuinely amazing, because in civilian life, your circle of communication usually includes only colleagues and neighbors, whereas in military you have thousands of comrades. It is incredibly pleasant to visit units where you were a few months ago and meet familiar faces who are genuinely happy to see you. This is what real brotherhood feels like, born in the relentless fire of the struggle for liberation. However, unfortunately, there is also a dark side to this story. I increasingly hear about someone among wars with whom army life brought me, who is no longer with us. Many conversations with my military brothers and sisters turn into a list of the deceased and severely wounded. "Do you remember Alexander, the one who was our machine gunner? He stepped on a mine, and when we found him, he had already bled to death." "Our Oleg- you know, the tall one with tattoos- did not return from reconnaissance. He checked the ridge from which the Russians supposedly fled. We hope he is taken as a prisoner, at least then there is a chance to exchange him. But he is not on the list of the prisoners, so most likely our Oleg is gone." "Natalia, who rescued our wounded, did not come back from the battle. At first she was considered missing, but we later found her evacuation van. The Russians targeted it with a rocket, even thought it was clearly a medical vehicle. She died and so did several other people in the van." You see, these were living people, they had hopes and dreams, loved someone, had friends and works. They raised children, went to visit their parents on weekends. But then a deranged neighbor decided that they had no rights to any of it, that they should be his slaves. People did not agree with this, went to fight and died. They no longer love anyone, work nowhere, raise no children and visit no parents. They are no more. They perished in the terrible agony, just horrifying agony. And they continue to die every day for more than a year and a half now. Unfortunately, they will keep dying, because the war continues, possibly for one, two or even five more years. The world, it seems no longer wants to acknowledge the Ukrainians who die every day. We probably failed the world's expectations by not winning in the first weeks and not completely annihilating the enemy. People abroad mention us less and less, and increasingly call for compromises with killers and rapists. But just try to put yourself in the shoes of someone who risks their life every day, whose friends? died in shelling, were tortured in captivity or suffocated under the debris of their own homes destroyed by Russian rockets. If you were that person, what compromise with your murderer would you agree to?
September 19th 2023 Yuriy talks about a recent encounter with something Russian soldiers left behind. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more----
September 14th 2023 Yuriy uncovers how Western indecision and fear of provoking Putin's aggression contributed to the ongoing war in Ukraine and emphasizes the urgent need for support to ensure a peaceful future. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is September 14th. Do you know why this war became possible in the first place? Because Putin was confident that he would win and subjugate Ukraine. And where did this confidence come from? It came from Ukrainian pro-Russian politicians, traitors and agents of Moscow's influence in Ukraine. They convinced Putin that Ukrainians would be easy to defeat, that they were so afraid of him that they wouldn't resist, that they were simply paralyzed by fear. All these pro-Russian agents are saying exactly what western deputies, ministers, prime ministers and presidents say about their countries. They openly admit that they withhold military aid to Ukraine and do not provide us with enough weapons only because they fear Putin, they are afraid to provoke his aggression. Listen, this literally repeats what Putin's agents told him about Ukraine. It was these narratives that provoked him to attack Ukraine. He thought our country was so frightened that it would surrender immediately. And when I hear something like, "we don't want to provoke Putin, we are afraid he'll attack us" from Western politicians, "I want to shout, what are you doing? You are demonstrating to Putin that you are weak, that you're afraid to fight him. And by doing so you are inviting war upon yourselves." Don't think that Russia's attack on West is an impossible scenario. In the last century, few could imagine that Nazi Germany invasion of Czechoslovakia would in a few years lead to the largest war in history, with nearly all of old Europe in flames. And even in the far off Australia, plans were being prepared for the evacuation of the entire northern part of the continent in case of a very real enemy occupation. And all of this became possible only because the indecision and evident fear of western leaders which convinced aggressors that they could win. Back when deputies, ministers, prime ministers and presidents also did not want to provoke Hitler, Mussolini and Hirohito and they got a world war in return. I am going to say some harsh things now, but I have to say it: Putin isn't killing Europeans and Americans only because he is currently busy killing Ukrainians. You and your children are alive because Putin is more interested in killing us and our children right now. If we run out or don't have enough ammunition and weapons to resist, he will turn his attention to you. That is why everything western countries provide to Ukraine is actually working in their favor. Every shell you buy to destroy Russians is aimed at your enemies. Every first aid kit you send for a Ukrainian soldier saves the life of your defender. You are in a fortunate position right now. You can actively participate in the fight against evil by simply helping Ukrainians. You can destroy your enemies and save the lives of your defenders without personally being in the trenches or risking anything at all. Just by assisting Ukraine and Ukrainians. This help is the best investment in your life, because you are investing in a peaceful future for yourself and your children. You know, in the time of Alexander the Great, the Greeks had an old and wise general named Phocian, who became famous for preserving his fellow Athenians. By making their allies fight in their place. He spared no weapons, horses, or gold for his allies, as long as they, and not his own people, took responsibility for the war against the enemies. His main achievement in life, he considered to be the Athenian city cemetery, because it was there that thousands of people were buried who died of old age at home in their own beds and not from wounds on the battlefield in their youth. Each of you can be like Phocion, preserving yourself and your loved ones by helping your allies.
September 13th 2023 Yuriy delves into Russia's long-term intentions and their alarming preparations for a century-long conflict, shedding light on how their war against Ukraine is just the beginning of a broader global threat with a startling revelation about the Russian school curriculum. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: firstname.lastname@example.org You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is 13th of September I have a friend in the army who urges Ukraine and the world to brace themselves to the prospect that this war may endure for another century. And he might be right. He has been in the midst of this conflict for almost a decade now, since the spring of 2014 when the Russians invaded Donbas. Since then, Russia has displayed no signs of willingness to relent. On the contrary, it is evidently gearing up for a protracted conflict, with Russians hoping to gain control over not only the entirety of Ukraine, but also to restore their influence over Eastern and Central Europe. They don't even attempt to conceal their intentions. If you have even a basic understanding of the Russian language, just take a look at any Russian news broadcast from the past year and a half online. It inevitably includes accusations branding Ukrainians as Nazis, calls for the dismantling of Ukraine's current political system and threats to severely punish Europe and the western world if they dare to obstruct Russia's mission to annihilate Ukrainians. They construct a highly distorted narrative in which a country where a president is Jewish and the defense minister is Muslim suddenly transforms into a Nazi regime and the entire civilized world supporting this nation is automatically labeled as an accomplice of the Nazis. Recently, I had a conversation with a Russian acquaintance who relocated to another country a few weeks ago. She explained that she made the move for the sake of her children since their education in Russia primarily consisted of imbibing hatred for Ukraine, the United States, and Europe. Russian schools now have a dedicated subject aimed at indoctrinating children with this hatred, aptly named "Conversations About Important Things". During these classes, Teachers are mandated to inform children that all power in Western countries is controlled by gays, transgender individuals, and perverts who aspire to destroy the last righteous Christian nation in the world- Russia. In this context, aggression against Ukraine is portrayed as the opening act of this war. Teachers even tell children that Russians do not kill, rob, and rape Ukrainians, but rather save them from Western Perverts. Other subjects also frequently became vehicles for propagandistic endeavors. In geography classes, children are taught that Eastern Europe must fall under Moscow's dominion and that the cunning West deceived Russians into losing control over Poland, the Baltic countries, and other territories. History lessons revolve around perpetual grievances against foreign rulers who supposedly insulted Russians for centuries fostering a belief in children that enemies surround them, necessitating revenge for past offenses. Literature classes have devolved into lessons in chauvinism with students being taught with genuine literature exist only in Russia, while writers from all other countries, if they exist at all, are deemed unworthy compared to Russian classics. Once again, it is crucial to grasp that Russians are preparing the next generation for an unending conflict, one that extends beyond just Ukrainians. For them, the war against us serves as the initial phase of their confrontation with entire world. Shockingly, many Russians are comfortable with this situation. Much like my acquaintance who relocated from Russia so her children could receive a proper education, she remained in Russia while her country bombed peaceful Ukrainian cities, while Russians tortured Ukrainians, erected concentration camps, and carried out mass executions. I believe that if Russia continued its actions, but left the school curriculum untouched, she wouldn't have even contemplated leaving because everything seemed fine for her and her children. She displayed minimal interest in the actions of her country in Ukraine, done in her name and on behalf of all other Russians. Nonetheless, let's return to the matter of preparing Russians for a long term, possibly multi generational war. It is crucial to understand that the longer Russia's conflict with Ukraine persists, the greater the threat to the entire world. A protracted war offers Putin the opportunity not only to indoctrinate Russian youth with hatred, but also to forge a new Axis of Evil. Russians are already buying weapons from Iran and at this very moment they are negotiating missile supplies from North Korea. What will Putin provide to fanatical ayatollahs and bloodthirsty Korean communists in return? Who can assure us that at some point he won't transfer them the technology required to create atomic bombs or even ready warheads? in exchange for their assistance in eliminating Ukrainians. Where will these warheads ultimately be targeted? Israel, Europe, the United States, Japan or elsewhere? Do you genuinely want to find out or would you rather not? In that case, be aware that the defeat of Russians, and it must be a comprehensive and definitive defeat, is not only a matter of survival for Ukraine and Ukrainians, but also a matter of global security.
September 10th 2023 Yuriy candidly reveals his fears and uncertainties about providing life-saving first aid to comrades on the front lines, highlighting the immense challenges of administering aid under fire and the vital role played by regular soldiers in such life-and-death situations. You can email Yuriy, ask him questions or simply send him a message of support: email@example.com You can help Yuriy and his family by donating to his GoFundMe: https://www.gofundme.com/f/help-yuriys-family Yuriy’s Podbean Patron sign-up to give once or regularly: https://patron.podbean.com/yuriy Buy Yuriy a coffee here: https://bmc.link/yuriymat ----more---- TRANSCRIPT: (Podbean app users can enjoy closed captions) It is 10th of September. In this war, there is one thing I fear even more than being captured: the fear that I won't be able to save one of my comrades if they get injured and I'm the only one nearby. Yes, I've undergone training in basic first aid; I've applied tourniquets to stop bleeding and learned how to evacuate the wounded properly. But all of that was in a relatively peaceful conditions, not under fire and certainly not in the heat of the battle. Moreover, it was under the watchful eye of an instructor who corrected my mistakes. In calm surroundings, I can easily stop bleeding and carry a person several miles to safety. But the challenge lies in doing all of this in the most tumultuous of situations, amid gunfire with adrenaline coursing through my veins, when every fiber of my being trembles from the rush. In these moments, you begin to understand why not everyone can be a combat medic. To administer first aid under fire, you must be a person who can master their own emotions, someone who can quell their fear, override their adrenaline surges, and do their job regardless of the chaos around them. Yet, there is not always a medic nearby who can shoulder the responsibility of saving a wounded fighter life. Often, it falls upon regular soldiers, the injured person's comrades, and in the midst of the battle, it is exceedingly difficult for someone unaccustomed to this task to provide qualified assistance. Let me briefly explain how the system of saving lives on the frontline works. You see, each soldier has what we call tourniquets, devices used to stop bleeding from limbs. It's a modern tourniquet with a built in lever for better tightening. The tourniquets are affixed to the uniform or body armor so that others can easily find them. The wounded person is aided using their own tourniquet. It's crucial that this tourniquet is applied above the wound correctly, with the lever properly tightened. Furthermore, it is important to mark the time of its application with a pen on the tourniquet. This is very, very important. About every half an hour you should loosen the tourniquet slightly, allowing blood to flow back into the limb. If you fail to do this or do it at the wrong time, the limb could be lost. And if you don't tighten the tourniquet enough, the person will bleed out and die. It gets even more complex when the injury isn't in the limb, but in the torso. In most cases, to save someone with a torso injury, you need to remove their body armor, which often makes it impossible to access the wound. Then, on the often bloodied body, You must locate the wound and apply a special hemostatic dressing to it. And it's absolutely crucial to evacuate the wounded as quickly as possible without removing the tourniquet or dressing. Considering that all of this must be done under enemy fire, risking one's life. It's an extremely challenging job, and I am not certain that if the need arises for me to save a comrade's life, I'll handle it as needed. And this uncertainty is a very terrifying and unsettling thing.