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The goal for 2023 is to stay alive and not lose people – Alina Mykhaylova, UCU student

The goal for 2023 is to stay alive and not lose people – Alina Mykhaylova, UCU student

Alina Mykhaylova has been in the war since 2014. She’s a paramedic, volunteer, civic activist, deputy of the Kyiv City Council, and student of the UCU Master’s Program of the School of Public Administration. Since the start of the full-scale invasion, she’s been a coordinator in a medical unit and is involved with the evacuation of the wounded directly on the frontlines.

Alina Mykhaylova

Mykhaylova admits that in this war she first felt real fear, which leads to numbness: “It’s terrible to die from a bullet, to be captured. It’s terrible simply because of the awareness that there are now no more safe corners in Ukraine. At any moment, a rocket from the Caspian Sea can take your life.”

“And this is decided not by fate, God, or time, but by the Russians, who are ALLOWED to do this. A L L O W E D. Allowed in the 21st century to unleash a third world war. To kill and torture children, to erase whole cities from the face of the earth, to terrorize with energy a whole country, to abuse captives and carry out the genocide of an entire nation.”

After a year of war, Mykhaylova is convinced that the biggest fight is still to come: “We still have to wage war on yet another front, the front of the increase in number of our parasites and true patriots.” 

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