Ukrainian Easter at Hoogeveen Church: ‘It’s hard to explain how we feel now’

The main purpose of the meeting is to share suffering. “What you see in the Netherlands is just the tip of the iceberg,” Yalinskaya says. “It is hard to explain how we feel now. I was always convinced that I would never leave Kyiv. I baked bread for the soldiers and my children made drawings to support them. But if you feel the earthquake of the bombs and you hear the sound of close up, then your whole world is turned upside down.”

Yalinskaya had to come a long way from Kyiv with her two children. Describes the night of hell in Lviv. “We arrived in the evening, during the curfew. It was forbidden to go out on the street. We had to spend the night at the train station, but there were so many people that no one could take in the building anymore. Outside the temperature was less than ten degrees Celsius” I had to stay outside with my kids. Finally a space was made for the women and children, everyone slept on the floor or on the stairs, and it was very cold. You can’t imagine that.”

Her husband is still in Kyiv and she is having a hard time with that. However, today she also says she is happy with the help she is receiving. “I feel that God is blessing me because I get a lot of help from people. But I ask you not to forget Ukraine. Having a bed is not enough, we should be able to talk about it.”

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