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Dona Nobis Pacem: Slava Ukraini

Hola kitties! Bet you're wondering why I called you here over the weekend. We are participating in this special BlogBlast 4 Peace. Mimi Lenox, the founder of the annual BlogBlast 4 Peace, called a special Blog4Peace for Ukraine just to remind people that peace is so much better than war. We know these posts haven't changed the world—yet—but it's provided some creative and wonderful images of peace and some food for thought.

Dona Nobis Pacem: Slava Ukraini

Dona Nobis Pacem: Slava Ukraini

I apologize that we're using a repurposed peace globe.

I'm sure y'all have heard your peeps talking about the invasion and unjust, unlawful war over in Ukraine and seen the photos of the destruction and humans leaving with their cats. My peeps certainly are concerned. The post title means Glory to Ukraine. TW read today that Ukrainian President Zelenskyy mentioned the words World War Three. Scary stuff.

Some Quotes

Since words are all-powerful too, I thought I'd provide some quotes that have been shared online by Ukrainian humans regarding how dire the situation is right now. They were copied and pasted so pleasse don't mind the broken English. These words will, hopefully, make this war more human to you; bring it closer to home. It did for us.

"Peace and tranquility have been destroyed for us. Destroyed a dream. The homes have been destroyed. Destroyed the expectations of spring and stole March. The comfort of the comfort has been disturbed. The usual rhythm of life has been played. Stolen childhood from our children. Destroyed the calm view of the sky. The cities have been shattered. Broke down dreams and plans... But we will be restored, reborn, reborn, resurrected. Scars don't decorate, they don't let you forget. And now each of us is scarred. Scattered on the inside, but still intact. Lord, prepare the clay to restore Your broken creation."—Anna Tkachova

"I will forever remember my dog's eyes when I threw things in my suitcase in panic...4:30 in the morning, Kiev is bombarding...I run around the apartment, and my dog runs behind me, carries toys so that I don't forget them. Sorry, honey, I forgot them, but I'll buy you new ones - I promise...
I throw things in my suitcase... and I see Lyutyasha in it. He is already that I don't forget him: "Mom, I'm here... don't forget... " How can I?? What are you ? Sat down and cried...

- Letty, you're cute, did you really think so? How can I forget you?
He looked at me with human eyes...

We were leaving the house, I looked at the apartment in which it had been my whole life, looked at the dog and said: WE HAVE NOT FORGOTTEN ANYTHING!"—Unknown

Here are four quotes from a friend's friend on FB named Julia:

"We survived the night. Shot very hard, but not near us.
But these shells got hit somewhere. It's scary to imagine. From the shots you wake up and start praying, it's already subconscious, and then it's hard to fall asleep, because you're always eagerly waiting for the next shot and the silence is already intense, you don't believe in it anymore.
In the middle of the night, I noticed that it got very cold, even the blanket and tight blanket that I was hiding did not help. And I went to bed in a sweater, that didn't help either..
I tried cold batteries this morning. No heating, probably got somewhere and damaged something.
And there's almost no water, and I already took the bathroom down because the water was cold all the time, and in the bathroom I had to bathe and wash. And today, the cold one I is barely moving, the effort is very weak. Definitely not on the top floors. So the first floor has its advantages.
The elevators have been down since the first day of the war. And those people where are forced to walk to their floors.
Neighbors from 12 are walking too. There are both elderly and sick people out there."

"Understand the simple thing that we have a war. The real war is. They shoot constantly, every day and you think it will hit your house or not.
War changes people, their reactions, their nervous system. Everything is already misunderstood. Everyone has changed and become different. Every single one of us."

"Thank you very much, all my friends and the woman who prays for us, may we be alive only because of your common support and prayers. Thank you for being there, thank you for your friendship. And we just live here, nothing special, we support each other, just changed living conditions and attitudes to many things."

"Hello to all my friends. We have a little bit of things. The night was peaceful, it was quiet.
Light, no heating since yesterday, cold in the apartment. But for now it's quiet and it's pleasing. Protestants appear outside the window and you can see that spring is already coming. For some reason, I believe that when the real spring comes, the world will come. I don’t remember such a long winter we have."

Images of Refugees and Their Fur Babies

Why War?

Young Russian men are being sent to fight and be sacrificed. They're not told what they're fighting for or who they're fighting. They're left in the dark without sufficient supplies. Many who have gone days without food are deserting. They have their stories too.

Every photo you see on social media of a bombed civilian home shows a war crime. Every theatre and hospital hit is a war crime. Won't the United Nations do something other than take up space on NYC's East Side?

Dona Nobis Pacem: Slava Ukraini

Templates for this post are from Vista Create, formerly Crello. They are a company with more than 450 Ukrainian-based employees. They have over 300 social media templates that can be used to show your support for Ukraine and Ukrainians. The team created some of them in bomb shelters, hiding from bombs and missiles, some on the road, being ousted from homes.

Would you like to comment?

  1. Every single one of us. Every single one of them. We are them. They are us. There is no difference. Thank you for sharing their words.

  2. Fabulous post, CK. This whole situation is heartbreaking, devastating, infuriating.

  3. Such a wonderful, wonderful post CK, such heartfelt words. We're praying for peace for Ukraine and the entire region.

  4. I appreciate this post so much. It is the truest thing I have read about the war, in the words of those suffering. What got me most was the terrified eyes of the dog, scared he might be left behind.........thank you for posting this very real accounting of what it feels like to live this horror. It must end soon. I also applaud you acknowledging that the Russian soldiers were not told what they were being sent into - they were told it was "military exercises". I hope some tenable way is found to end this soon.

  5. Very powerful post, CK. I am purring for peace in Ukraine. ~Ernie

  6. CK, this is a very powerful and thought-provoking post. Mom says her heart hurts so much for the Ukrainians. She cannot even imagine going through what they are having to endure. She is praying they can defeat Putin. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, angel Mauricio, Misty May, angel Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy, Sawyer & Kizmet

  7. Thank you, CK, for this beautiful and gut wrenching post. Our hearts hurt so much about what is going on in Ukraine. The sheer evil, and the suffering of so many innocents. We are praying for peace to come powerfully and very soon.

  8. This is the most powerful post T have seen and tells the true story, not the one that Putin has brainwashed so many of the Russians into believing. We have a Ukrainian nurse at the local hospital. She asked if anyone could donate to help her family and other Ukrainians, and someone from our village started collecting supplies. We all put together packages of essentials, medicines, toiletries and tinned food etc. I included packs of kibble in my packages as well. Two weeks ago a 7.5 ton truck was loaded and taken into Ukraine. The driver sent back photos when he got there and stopped an extra couple of days to help with the distribution. He will have another truck full by tomorrow and will soon be setting off again. It is a small thing for us to do in our safety, but makes such a difference to those who need it.


  10. We have been heartbroken about this. Your post portrays it so well. We stand with Ukraine and hope for peace. And you are right, there should be trials for war crimes.

  11. What a very powerful post. The video made us have leaky eyes.

  12. I love that you used the templates of the people in the Ukraine, I will have to google this. Your post as always, was beautiful.

  13. What a great post! Thank you for finding the words I couldn't.

  14. Excellent post. I am praying for all the people and their pets. XO

  15. Can you imagine a legacy of murder, pain and destruction? That's all everyone will remember when they hear the name Putin. It's awful, awful, CK and it makes my heart very sad. All this did tell us a lot about the Ukrainian people. They love their families, their pets, and their country. xxxx

  16. Wonderful post. Seems humans will never learn to live in peace. But we can continue to hope, and each do our best to live peacefully.

  17. Wow. Those quotes are really something. It is amazing what these people have to go through - and that they are having such positive spirits about it. Thank you for sharing. The war really is senseless.
    -Purrs from your friends at

  18. We are praying hard that this so senseless war will end and that peace will once again come there.

  19. Ukraine is a wonderful country and a happy bunch of tears and animals. Putin decides to want to attack other country. Putin is a gruesome.

    Shoko, Tyebe and Jean


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