“All parts of my body are aching — my wrists are aching, and I am unable to open a door.” Pavlo Servetnyk spends 20 hours a day backing bread to feed the people of Russian-occupied Kherson
Every day 28-year-old Pavlo bakes thousands of loaves of bread, loads them into his truck or car, and drives them through the deserted streets, delivering them to people who are increasingly being cut off from outside food supplies as Russian forces choke the city of nearly 300,000. Being a successful chef before the war, Servetnyk ran a pizza restaurant in Kherson. Wanting to flee at first after the war broke out, Pavlo decided eventually to stay and resist. He turned his pizza restaurant into the bakery and started kneading and baking thousands of loaves of bread per day, almost without sleep and rest. He also roped in other bakers and distributed their bread, too. Each trip for Pavlo Servetnyk to deliver bread is a risk, he says, but without his deliveries, people would likely go hungry. His recipe of “victory bread” is already basic: flour, yeast, water, and salt. “Everybody must go about his own business. The military should fight, and bakers should bake bread and help people,” Pavlo says.