I have been working as an environmental lawyer for 20 years. For a long time I was engaged in the preservation of natural rivers in Ukraine. These ecosystems are almost the most endangered. We worked to stop their pollution and construction of dams.
At one time in the Carpathians it was planned create an EU of more than 600 hydroelectric power plants. This would mean that there would be virtually no natural rivers left in the region. And for us, to destroy these plans is a huge achievement for me! Another area of my work is the forest industry. We worked on the preservation of ancient natural forests. In the Lviv region we found up to 3,000 hectares of quasi-virgin forests and natural ancient forests. We hoped that these forests would soon receive this important status – enshrined in law. But the war stopped this process.
When on the first day of the war I saw filming in Odessa after the military coup, where most of the dead were women, I was shocked. Who is our enemy at war with? The enemy just wants to destroy Ukraine! Yes, I have 4 children. But for me, it was a matter of duty, I had to defend my country. And I continue to do so.
Now my unit works in Chernihiv. The security situation here is quite good. The main need is military equipment and good weapons. Yes, we would like to have a infantry fighting vehicle. But to buy it for volunteer money is unrealistic. At the same time, there is a lack of good radio stations with secure communication channels that have a sufficient range, somewhere there is a lack of body armor, helmets…
I am now in a combat zone. Nearby – Desna river. Spill. This has not been the case for several years. The beauty is incredible. One of my favorite works is Dovzhenko’s “Enchanted Desna”. However, I met this river for the first time during the war. Today on dark days you can find bright moments…
So far, I am doing everything I can to stop this war. We cannot live forever in fear of being destroyed, of being attacked. That’s why we have to win. At the same time, I really want to do what I love: reserve rivers. I believe that we will be able to restore natural rivers, that there will be rivers in Ukraine whose natural state would not be disturbed. I believe that we will give status to quasi-virgin forests and ancient forests in the Lviv region and our people will see that such a real forest and this real forest will develop according to its own laws. And for this we really need a victory!
This is the story of Anatoliy Pavelko, our colleague and instructor in tactics of infantry groups. You and his colleagues can be helped according to the details of our colleague and volunteer Peter Testov, who organizes the purchase of the necessary items for the front.
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