A mild night in the Ukrainian winter, the temperature just above freezing point, the sky cloudy, occasional stars making their way through the cloud layer. The atmospheric masses are at a standstill. On the night of February 24, 2022, there is a dull night over the entire Ukraine. In Odessa, the blue-grey light of a laptop illuminates the windows of a house on Lymanna Street. Anna observes the airspace using an app. She notices: no more planes over Ukraine, she goes to sleep, it's 4:00. A few moments later, the first explosions of Russian missiles tear her from her dreams - and with her the entire Ukrainian people. Her homeland is attacked, and with it the hopes and dreams of many, she is now at war.
Instantly the flow of time changed, the change of days of the week is perceived only conditionally, everything merges into one long day. Memory content is what subjectively stretches our time duration, explains Marc Wittmann from the Institute for Frontier Areas of Psychology, time passes differently, it behaves relative to the observer.
The Ukrainian population experiences many processes of adaptation during this time, it goes through phases of transformation - shock, denial, fear but also acceptance. Everyday routines are broken in the social and public spheres and sometimes overwhelmed by emotional states. Some impressions are difficult to put into words, they are unspeakable things, they are the things that others do not want to know, cannot understand. Does the psyche find peace even when the war is over?
"Only the dead have seen the end of war." Already judged the American philosopher, George Santayana in his book "Soliloquies in England and Later Soliloquies" published in 1922.The experience of living in a war-torn country cannot be put into words.
Sometimes people from abroad ask how it feels to witness a war, "How are you?" they ask. "I'm okay" Misha replies, a volunteer from Lviv.