Ukraine, Italian residents and life in the days of crisis escalation: “Let’s get on with the routine. Fears? For the economic future”


Fear yes, and a lot. Panic no, not yet. the Italian living in Ukraine of course the escalation of the crisis but now they stay there, waiting to understand the evolution of the situation. “I live in Kharkiv, in the east of the country, for 15 years, ”he says Marco Cirilli, Roman interpreter and consultant for various start-ups until the pandemic. “We continue to do everyday things but with a constant eye on the internet and breaking news. At the moment the atmosphere is calm, but we have no idea what tomorrow will be like. I don’t think so either Putin has the goal to be achieved clearly in mind, but will certainly not give up his or her interest Russia here in Ukraine”.

Kharkiv is only a few kilometers from the border, but according to Cirulli there would not be much point in moving out of the city if the worst came to the worst attack “Because the advance could be made at the same time Belarus north, from Crimea to the south and also from the Transnistria, the pro-Russian region within the Moldova, on the western front. Are surround yourselfUnfortunately, and if there were to be a full-scale invasion, the whole country would be busy. Moscow’s air supremacy is constant and one bombing Quoting above to pave the way for aland attack, it would be difficult to counter.”

Instead, try to get as far away from the Piedmontese as possible Simona Merkantini, who teaches Italian atKarazin University from Kharkiv, the main city with tens of thousands of students coming mainly from Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. “I read the news as little as possible: the dialectic of information has been pure for two years alarmism And of course that creates fear restlessness. I personally continue to work as before, we are preparing for the new semester and with students and colleagues avoid the subject of war. Of course, I stay in constant contact with themEmbassy, who follows us closely and keeps us regularly updated. I don’t know if my fellow citizens in Kharkiv are stocking up on groceries or packing their bags, but here at the university we’re going ahead and thinking about something else…”.

Then there are those who give financial analystHe focuses on the economic situation: “Because of the crisis – he argues Peter Regent, who commutes from Trieste as a consultant for one of the country’s most important insurance companies between Switzerland, Vienna and Kiev – Ukraine will be forced to take on abnormal debt and pay for the consequences for the next hundred years from its own resources. A film you’ve seen like this before 2014, when Putin annexed Crimea and the war started Donbass, it took 10 to buy one euro hryvnia and today the exchange rate is 32. And last month, while the prices of basic needs continue to grow, the Ukrainian currency depreciated by another 5% against the dollar and i loan interest have more than doubled.

In Ukraine she worked for a long time as a consultant for the mission osc Also Eugenia Benigni: “Not me gamble Forecasts – says the Udine analyst – but I would say that there are three options. The first is to use the levers of war as a bargaining chip to get some concessions from the West. The second, perhaps the most realistic, is a limited invasion, perhaps using and foraging fighter Russians already present in Donbass. The third, the most dangerous, is of course that of a total conflict, but I hope it’s the least plausible”. Also because it would undermine the whole thing international stability and it would throw Europe into chaos.


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