Dispatch from Ukraine: ‘There’s all this movement in Kyiv, like normal, but then there’s news from elsewhere that brings us back to reality’

In his letter this week, Ukrainian sports journalist Oleksandr Proshuta contrasts the relative stabilisation of life in the capital Kyiv with the chaos unfolding elsewhere around the country

People board a train to Kyiv on April 22, 2022 in Lviv, Ukraine. Last week, the capital had 44 straight hours without air raid alerts, according to Oleksandr Proshuta

Thursday night went alright. It was calm. Then the morning news came on Friday, with the Russians announcing their updated goals for the invasion. It wasn’t even a surprise, as Vladimir Putin and his army commanders have claimed their only goal was to liberate the Donbass region and to destroy the military infrastructure of Ukraine. Now one of their commanders has said the goal is to occupy all of Donbass and Southern Ukraine to make ...