As Russia’s war against Ukraine enters its ninth month, Ukrainians in Kyiv have been left without water in their homes. Many have been forced to stand in a line that stretches city blocks for hours each day to pump water from a city well.
After the initial Russian strikes, the message pushed to Ukrainians was that Ukraine was not seriously affected by the drone and missile strikes and that what infrastructure was damaged would be repaired and back online in a matter of weeks. That is clearly no longer the situation.
While Russian forces initially avoided most of Ukraine’s infrastructure, there has been a clear shift in Russian strategy in the past few weeks as the country has pelted Ukraine with missile strikes and Iranian drones. In the recent attacks, the targets have been predominantly Ukraine’s struggling infrastructure.
With a cold, bitter winter looming the loss of critical infrastructures like clean, running water and electricity push Ukrainians in the hardest hit cities and regions closer to the brink. Food shortages and a lack of heat and light going into the winter months could be disastrous for a population that has already been dealing with a war for the better part of a year.
As illegal immigrants continue to pour into Europe and the UK from North Africa and Albania, resources for potential Ukrainian refugees will be limited at best. While Ukrainians struggle to hold on through the winter, Europe should prepare for a mass migration of displaced immigrants without homes and nowhere else to go.