The rebuilding of Ukraine has begun! We came across this bridge being rebuilt, after being destroyed by retreating Russian troops.
We've heard some loud 'kabooms' in the night while staying in Kharkiv. In one night, there were 4 missile strikes just after 3 AM. First you see the flash of light, then you hear the sound of the explosion.
A Ukrainian armored personnel carrier being towed for repairs.
We met an incredible elite Ukrainian soldier and were glad to give him one of our US-Ukraine patches, which he promptly applied to his jacket. He was severely wounded in Bakhmut, and is on leave to recover.
If you want a good, inexpensive dinner, Ukraine is the place! Borscht, mashed, chicken cutlet, mushrooms and a pint of good beer for about $3.50.
Entering Izium, the site of heavy fighting in the fall of 2022. We've passed through this area countless times on the way to doing aid drops in the heavily-impacted areas.
A wall of patches of different military units for sale in a marketplace in Izium.
Fish for dinner, anyone?
Being winter, we went through a lot of washer fluid. For some reason, this stuff is incredibly expensive in Ukraine, almost $9/gallon! Huh?
One of the more 'patriotic' looking buildings we saw this trip, just outside Kherson.
A bomb shelter in Kharkiv.
The king of beers (in some people' opinions...)
Is someone just slightly ripping off Oreo's name and look?
A military supply store in Kharkiv. These have sprung up all over the place, for obvious reasons.
Popular shooting targets available in many stores.
She's a popular Russian TV propagandist, who conveniently has a red target on her forehead.
What a pathetic, psychopathic twit...
A Ukrainian coin given to us when we met some soldiers at a gas station; it honors the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
Some seriously patriotic Ukrainian Crocs!
"What I can do to help Ukraine?"
While having lunch at the train station just over the border into Poland, we met a soldier from Spain who was heading home for some R&R after serving over a year with the International Legion, a group of foreign soldiers who have volunteered to fight for Ukraine.
A delicious tin of cod livers, anyone? Mmm...
We got these certificates of appreciation from a military unit we procured some items for.