Every day I am happy to be alive and to be able to take care of my battalion
“The peaceful reality was destroyed when I went on social media,” 23-year-old Marharyta Sklianichenko recalls the first day of the war. She heard a neighbor saying he wanted to join the Territorial Defense Forces. So she decided to do so too, despite not having any specific military skills. “Who will defend Kyiv if everyone leaves?” she said.
Before the war outbreak, Marharyta worked as an outpatient specialist at the Tabletochki Charity Foundation and volunteered to help the poor and homeless. Since the beginning of the war, she has been responsible for the liaison between the volunteers and her battalion in the Territorial Defense Forces. She coordinates assistance to provide the battalion with medicine, military items, equipment, food, etc. During the day she makes an unlimited number of calls, messages and interactions with volunteers, philanthropists and colleagues.
“In these realities, it is difficult to plan for the future. Every day I am happy to be alive and to be able to continue to take care of my battalion. I often dream that after the war my dear people and I will sit at a common table, as long as at Ukrainian weddings, we will celebrate, talk and build joint plans for the restoration of Ukraine.”