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The second anniversary of the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. Oleh Biłecki and Alina Makarczuk on TVN24

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Two years have passed since the start of the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine. Ukrainian journalists who report events from their country on a daily basis shared their memories and reflections on TVN24. – My friend’s funeral took place yesterday and after these two years I feel that the war is getting closer. (…) Now this war is about the names and surnames of friends, said Oleh Biłecki. – Let’s remember these successes, because if we forget about them, we will lose hope and faith that the world can surprise us, that the Ukrainian army can surprise us – argued Alina Makarczuk.

Alina Makarczuk and Oleh Biłecki, Ukrainian journalists who report on events from their country on TVN24, shared their memories from the first day of the full-scale war.

– I can’t go back to it (the first day of the war – ed.) because I am part of society. Now I see memories on social media, everyone remembers their emotions, their thoughts from two years ago and I am in it – admitted Oleh Biłecki. He recalled the days before the full-scale invasion broke out. – A few days before the outbreak of the war, I returned from… Latvia, where I saw Ukrainian flags everywhere. It was obvious that something was about to happen, said Oleh Biłecki.

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Alina Makarczuk and Oleh BiłeckiTVN24

Biłecki: I feel that the war is getting closer

– My friend’s funeral took place yesterday and after these two years I feel that the war is getting closer. At the beginning it was a danger (connected – editor) with explosions that I kept hearing, for example in Brovary near Kiev, and now this war is about the names and surnames of friends, said the Ukrainian journalist.

Alina Makarczuk also shared her memories from the first day of the war. – For me, this day (February 24, 2022 – ed.) continues to this day, 24 months now. I remember that I couldn’t sleep then because I felt that if I fell asleep, a war would start. That’s exactly what happened. I was working in radio at the time and had been living in Poland for almost 10 years. At 3.30 a.m. my boss woke me up and told me that the war had started and that I should come to work. I called my parents. My mother was sleeping and didn’t believe me, (…) and my father was already awake and watching TV, but there was no information about it on Ukrainian TV until President Zelensky’s speech, she said.

– Dad went into the army two days later. My mother is a doctor, so she stayed. They asked me to do my job and to be their support if Kiev were to fall. Let me remind you that at that time we were talking about a situation in which Russian troops were already entering Bucha. A Russian landing force landed in Hostoml near Kiev, after all, Kiev was supposed to fall in three days, she added.

Alina Makarczuk: the Ukrainian army may surprise usTVN24

Makarchuk: The Ukrainian army may surprise us

The journalist said that the free world “cannot give up when human lives are being broken.” – Usually, in politics, the winner is the one who convinces the most voters. It’s different in war. The winner is the one who convinces the world. What matters is which version of events the world will believe. Today, no reasonable person (in Western countries) believes in the Kremlin’s theory or narrative about neo-Nazis in Kiev, which Putin tried to sell, she said.

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She also pointed out that it is necessary to recognize not only the difficult situation on the front, but also the successes of the Ukrainian army. – Today we have an impasse on the front, the situation is critical, there is a shortage of ammunition, deliveries are delayed. But let’s remember about the cruiser Moscow, which sank after being hit by Ukrainian Neptun missiles. Let’s remember about the ships of the Black Sea fleet that are being moved through Russia, closer to its shores. Let us remember the liberated cities – Herson, Bucza and Irpień. Let’s remember these successes, because if we forget about them, we will lose hope and faith that the world can surprise us, that the Ukrainian army can surprise us – she argued on TVN24.



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