The world modified in February 2020 when a virus emerged that may infect the world. The world modified but once more on February 24, 2022, when Putin’s Russia initiated a “particular navy operation” towards Ukraine.
I questioned easy methods to write about this; there will probably be devastating meals shortages to make sure, however others will cowl that. Possibly Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s inspirational management is the place I ought to focus. He’s the glue holding his nation collectively, however many have already pointed this out.
One factor has turn out to be clear to me: Russia is terrible at logistics. Tanks are deserted for lack of gas. Russian troops appear to lack primary rations; they have been ordered to pack parade uniforms. Whereas it’s nonetheless brutally chilly for refugees, the bottom is not frozen, so Russian tanks and heavy tools convoys are shortly caught within the mud and left behind. Was this the story I used to be searching for?
March 8 was Worldwide Ladies’s Day. With photographs of Russian assaults on maternity hospitals contemporary in my thoughts, my focus turned the braveness and bravado of the Ukrainian ladies who’re combating to avoid wasting their kids, their households, and their nation as Russian troops relentlessly bomb their houses.
Putin has not hesitated to put waste to civilian areas. Cities are bombarded every day, leading to horrific, haunting photographs. Residents stay trapped with little meals or water and no electrical energy for warmth. On digicam, journalists cease to assist the aged cross makeshift bridges, whereas within the background a lady is seen pushing a wheelbarrow carrying her husband.
Border checkpoints are overwhelmed, hundreds of thousands have crossed into Poland, and hundreds of thousands extra are believed to be displaced. After taking their kids to security, some 100,000 ladies reportedly have returned to affix the combat to defend Ukraine.
A small, aged girl was seen approaching one of many Russian troopers guarding an intersection close to her dwelling. Unafraid, she let him know in no unsure phrases that he was not wished in her nation. Not wanting an altercation with somebody who regarded like his “Babushka” (grandmother), he pleaded together with her to go dwelling. The forwards and backwards went on for just a few extra minutes till she lastly turned to depart. As she did, she threw a handful of seeds on the soldier, telling him to select them up. “Put these sunflower seeds in your pocket so flowers will develop the place you lay down and die right here.” The sunflower is the Ukrainian nationwide flower and that girl is an instance of Ukrainian heroism.
Whereas folks flee the battle, the meals provide might want to comply with. Shortages will develop as farmers combat when they should plant. For now, our hearts will stay with all Ukrainians.
Wester is the Govt Trade Editor of Meals High quality & Security.