Hasinul Haque lives in the Nivki area of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. It is a place almost in the center of the capital. Hasinul did not leave Kiev at a time when more than half of the city’s population had fled the war-torn country. He thinks that it will not be possible to leave this city again; Rather the situation is getting better day by day.
Hasinul spoke on his mobile phone after 12 midnight Bangladesh time on Thursday. He was saying, ‘Even a week ago, when I went to the park next to my house, I didn’t see much people. Now people go to the park and meet. I used to see only two or four cars in the garage of the house. I’ve been looking for a few days, at least 20 cars. Looks like people are coming back now.
Hasinul Haque’s village home is in Chuadanga. Today he has been in Kiev for 32 years. He used to work, now he does business. He has three shops in a shopping mall not far from home. They rented. However, the shops were almost closed in March. From the second week of March, the Russian invasion of Ukraine intensified. At that time, life in Kiev was almost paralyzed.
Bangladeshis are as they are now in Ukraine
Mahbub Alam estimates that there are about 500 Bangladeshis in Kiev. But now there are about 30 people, he said. Mahbub went to Ukraine for higher education in 1982. After finishing his education, he stayed there. He is now an advisor to the Honorary Consulate of Bangladesh in Ukraine. He worked with the Bangladesh Embassy in Poland.
Mahbub said he left Kiev after the war and came to Lviv. His home and workplace in Kiev are still unharmed. Russian forces have fired rockets at the Air Force’s training and training center, an aircraft maintenance factory near the airport, and an oil depot near the city of Lviv, killing at least 50 people and wounding between 150 and 200.
Mahbub Alam also said that now the war situation has improved a bit. He says the last round of bilateral talks between Russia and Ukraine in Istanbul has shown a glimmer of hope. However, recent statements by the Russian president’s press secretary, Peskov, and the continued aggressive role of their military, seem to have cast a shadow over the light of hope.
Mahbub Alam said, ‘Any war ends at once; It has to happen. Let that day come quickly. Let the people of Ukraine return to their homeland and live in peace as before. I think that’s what everyone with a healthy mind wants.