Utahn in Kyiv shares concerns as Russian invasion continues


Former Utahn David Anderson, who labored as a Division of Protection contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, and different conflict zones, resides in Kyiv the place he retired a 12 months in the past. (David Anderson)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Because the assault on Kyiv continues, and tens of 1000’s of Ukrainians flee, one Utahn is ready out the assault in his condominium.

He can hear gun battles and explosions miles away, however proper now, there aren’t any Russian troops exterior his window.

In a telephone interview, David Anderson stated he doesn’t concern for his security, however he does concern for the way forward for Ukraine. He admitted some would possibly name him naïve, however he is spent loads of time in conflict zones as a former Division of Protection contractor.

“It is just a little bit like an previous ‘Twilight Zone,'” Anderson stated, describing the eerily empty streets exterior his condominium constructing. A four-lane street that’s often full of automobiles creeping from gentle to gentle is extensive open, with no automobiles to be seen, he stated.

“That is how empty the streets are.”

Cabinets are additionally emptying out within the retailer in his condominium constructing and shutting down.

Anderson lives in southwest Kyiv, which he stated is about six miles from the principle assault on town to the north. He hears the conflict in spurts.

“You will hear a bunch of computerized stuff happening, a number of explosions, they usually’re within the distance,” he stated.

However, he stated, these noises of conflict are too far-off to see any flashes of sunshine.

“The motion I hear always is within the distance,” Anderson stated. “This a part of city would solely be affected, I feel, if there was an occupied scenario.”

He doesn’t suppose Russia needs to occupy Kyiv.

“I feel they simply need to do away with the western-friendly authorities and put in their very own and get out of city.”

He is impressed by the armed resistance from Ukrainian reserves, known as the House Guard, dealing with off with the Russians. “I do not suppose they deliberate on this a lot resistance,” he stated

Anderson lived in Utah on and off as an grownup. He labored as a Division of Protection contractor in Iraq, Afghanistan, and different conflict zones earlier than retiring in Kyiv a 12 months in the past.

After visiting Kyiv, he stated, “It is like, holy cow, that is such an incredible metropolis.”

Anderson didn’t suppose the airports would shut so quick and that might be an issue for him. “I do not need to say I acquired caught right here, however I used to be fairly shocked on how briskly I could not get out.”

Airports are closed. Trains are nonetheless operating, however they’ve began excluding males, and he is OK with that.

“Even when I needed to go to Poland, it will be an incredible effort,” he stated.

For now, he is taking life in Ukraine each day. He began stocking up on requirements a number of weeks in the past.

“In anticipation that this might go on greater than only a few days,” Anderson stated.

Folks requested him if he needed to affix them fleeing town and he stated no.

“I am too curious and too pigheaded to be pushed out,” he stated.

Proper now, Anderson has water, electrical energy and Web, and doesn’t really feel like he is in quick hazard.

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