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The Battle of Kyiv, one of the critical events of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, ended with an unscripted Ukrainian victory just over two years ago.

It feels like it’s been a lifetime since those days of February and March 2022.

Wartime Kyiv

Illia Ponomarenko was a wartime reporter in Kyiv during the early months of the war. Ukraine was given 72 hours before Kyiv and the rest of the country fell before the Russian onslaught. Illia wrote about his experiences from Day One in the war and released the book on May 7,2024.

I ordered a Kindle copy of Illia’s book in English, “I Will Show You How It Was: The Story of Wartime Kyiv,” on

These are his words written on April 26, 2024.

Illia Ponomarenko

“We in Ukraine have had our drastic ups and downs in this fight. They stretch from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s rage-twisted face spelling the end of independent Ukraine on TV screens around the world, from the glorious liberation of Kharkiv Oblast and Kherson to the fields of death at Bakhmut or Avdiivka to the Ukrainian victory over Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

“These days, unfortunately, the situation is going downhill. For many months, we’ve been a hostage of domestic political strife in the United States, our foremost provider of defense aid. Our military is running critically low on battlefield munitions and air defense.

“Russian forces are on a roll again, slowly creeping forward through the ruins of Donbas and marshaling their forces for yet another grand offensive this summer. We’re again at risk of a total blackout due to brutal Russian missile attacks that we can’t repel successfully anymore. Mobilization is at a standstill.

“Demagogues around the world keep playing the jester over our setbacks, demanding our surrender. Our friends are ringing the alarm, trying to wake the West by explaining what’s at stake should Ukraine fail.

A Little Hope

“I’m not going to lie. Many people right now, both in Ukraine and beyond, sometimes feel pretty close to desperation – especially when it comes to what we see on social media. A little hope is just what we need right now.”

I ordered a Kindle copy of Illia Ponomarenko’s book in English, “I Will Show You How It Was: The Story of Wartime Kyiv,” on

If you enjoy narrative, you will find candid, first hand information of Illia’s lived war experience. God’s hand is evident in the details.

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Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 44 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vincent and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love inspiring people through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, and reading. I'm a fan of the Double E, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

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