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.
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.