“We are hiding in a semi-basement” from Kiev

Aimee Fenech
3 min readFeb 25, 2022


A second day of invasion in Ukraine.

We are doing alright said my mother in law trying to smile but not able to hide her distress. The conversation is slow and clunky she doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Russian or Ukrainian… I ask her if they have enough of everything they need, she said yes a few days worth of food but they have no appetite. I tell her to eat she’ll need the energy when they have to move. She talks about going food shopping.

My friend Tanya told me yesterday how inflation was sky high, she is worried, I am worried. Anxiety sits on my stomach like a stone. I am not able to work today. I send some messages but they feel alien.

Reports are coming in from a children’s orphanage that is being evacuated to pictures of unexploded shells in the street and one very terrifying video of a tank driving over a car with passengers in it.

The police has been showing people how to make molotov cocktails.

Social media makes one feel that they are doing something, how effective this is maybe not so but actually when it comes to flash politics as we are seeing now, public opinion matters.

NATO has decided to send more troops but not in Ukraine. They defend their border. Finland and Sweden receive a direct threat from the Kremlin, Russia doesn’t want them joining NATO.

If they do not join NATO they might be next on the invasion list.

I see pictures of Russians protesting against the war, arrested by the police. Russia wants to take down Facebook. It doesn’t bode well for Russia, the behavior of a loser who wants to hide the truth from their own people.

A mistake, their people can see what is going on already, nothing will hold this train now that it’s on the move. #nowarwithUkraine or a Russian version of it is trending on the Russian social media, entertainers and actors and even children of the oligarchs are tweeting against it. Not a show of confidence.

Putin’s assets have finally been frozen, perhaps too little too late but it had to happen.

A small group of soldiers fight to the end to protect Snake Island, outnumbered and outgunned they never stood a chance.



Aimee Fenech

#permaculture practitioner, teacher and designer, co-founder of #ecohackerfarm, writer, project manager and activist get in touch mail@aimeefenech.com