Curfews, travel restrictions, anxiety about leaving home and more.
According to a resident of Kyiv, the restrictions that marked the lives of so many people during the heyday of the COVID-19 pandemic are showing some drought for life in the Ukrainian capital.
For more than three months, Oksana Goshel, 34, has been archiving audio diaries detailing life in a war zone – and its dramatic changes – for Sky News’ podcast, Ukraine War Diaries.
And with much of the fighting now taking place in the east of the country, she and her fellow residents are experiencing a strange shift to a family life experience.
“We were laughing and saying that COVID was a good rehearsal for Ukraine,” he says.
“Because now, we’re basically living in the same conditions where we’re locked up, where we can’t travel, where it’s a little dangerous to go out.”
In Week 10 of the Ukrainian War Diaries, Oksana, her husband Seva, and her father, Ilyas Verdiev, paint vibrant pictures of their pre-war lives and try to measure what they have lost.
“The things I miss, I really don’t want to delve into,” he says.
“Because it doesn’t seem right to be thinking about these things now. You know that many of my Ukrainian compatriots are going through much worse things than losing your favorite coffee shop or your favorite barber shop.
“I don’t even know if they (my friends) will come back to the end. This war has a very big disruption to relationships.”
Listen to Week 10 of the Ukrainian War Diaries below.
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From the producers of the SkyC award-winning StoryCast podcast series, Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded in the field in Ukraine, to provide an intimate perspective on the day-to-day life of an area in Ukraine. war.