Everyone in every country might now feel the consequence of our war – prices went up. In Uktaine fuel crisis has been ongoing for a month already; social networks are full of photos of giant queues at gas stations. Even if shortage will be overcome, fuel will never be cheap again and it will continue to push up all the other prices.

Many city dwellers have returned to Kiev and that worsen the situation – even now, in time of war, car owners prefer to drive their cars, not to use public transport. Besides, municipal transport is not developed properly in the city. Most people use route taxis, which now raised tax rates.

Queue at gas station in Kiev

Bike had always been the cheapest and in many cases the fastest transport in Kiev, our climate allows cycling at least half a year. So, this year my bike will save even more my time and money then before )

Fortunately, Kiev is relatively compact city. I live in suburb, but it’s not what it is in USA and some other countries where those who live in suburbs rely on car. Kiev suburbs are not only cottages, there are also multi-apartment buildings, and so they cover less area and are relatively easy to get to from the city. It takes me approximately an hour to get to the city center on bike, public transport and cars had always been slower in peak hours. Now we see that “socialist” model of compact multi-storey urban areas has advantage over “American” lifestyle when you own a cottage in suburb and drive everywhere on car. The problem here is that our model is not “socialist” because public transport doesn’t work properly.

So far fuel crisis touched me mostly as price increase. The war also led to the disappearance of some cheap products, for example salt of Artyomsol, (probably) the biggestsalt manufacturer in Europe. I can only guess what is going on with this company located near frontline; Ukraine still controls this area but it was bombed and probably they had to stop production. Of course, people here understand that it is only the beginning of troubles; the real crises haven’t started in fact. UN says that 9 out of 10 people in Ukraine could be pushed into poverty or near poverty due to the war if it will continue.


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4 thoughts on “Transport and food prices

  1. Yes, this situation could get pretty dire… and not just in Ukraine – poor countries that rely on Ukraine wheat as a staple food are likely to tip into famine this year. And with the fuel sanctions against Russia, many countries are struggling with expensive gas/petrol/oil. For a lot of Europe, it is not just the Ukraine situation, but a coming together of different situations – the pandemic issue in China has stopped or slowed a lot of production of parts/goods and their ports keep getting clogged with shut downs… plus oil prices went sky high before the war (and even more now) so electricity prices have gone through the roof. And in Britain, because of Brexit (we don’t have good trade deals), food, goods, fuel etc prices have doubled or tripled. It is going to be a tough winter this year for a lot of countries. And even though the Russia v Ukraine situation makes it all a lot worse, I think a lot of us in Europe are happy to deal with that in order to protect Ukraine… no matter how tough it is for us, it is far harder for the Ukrainians as they are not only struggling with high prices and jobs that have vanished, but also having your country hammered by a madman and all that comes with that.
    Strength to you and all in Ukraine!

    1. Generally my impressions of what is going on here now are controversial. It seems that today fuel shortage is the main problem for many people. Front line is far now, so the war is something that does not touch us directly. I remember how scared and shocked all of us were in March, but now the shock seems to wear off, at least many people look and behave just like before, no visible traces of war stress. But this is misleading, we all know that economics already halved (if not worse). I expect we will have a couple of months of more or less quiet life, but the second series of adventures is unavoidable.

  2. The fallout of the war is global, yes. We live in the most oil rich province of our country & people are parking their cars due to fuel prices. Food costs have also risen sky high. People are living on the streets here in record numbers. But like JM said, Ukraine has it far worse than anyone & if we can all get through to help restore some semblance of balance, then we’re the lucky ones. Take good care. We continue to think of you.

    1. Kiev now is peaceful. Life in the city is more or less back on track, just some checkpoints on the roads remain; fewer cars, people and open stores then before.

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