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Batteries are Ukraine’s secret weapon against Russia

Batteries are Ukraine’s secret weapon against Russia

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Late last year eQualitie started crowdfunding to source batteries for some smaller ISPs in Ukraine. The money raised helped them buy 172 batteries from Poland – the shipment weighed about 6.5 tons. Some of those batteries went to a small ISP in Chernihiv, which supplies hundreds of large residential buildings in the north-central Ukrainian city. “With only five batteries they received as part of this donation, it means tens of thousands of Chernihiv residents remain connected,” says Moroz – residents like Valeria Shashenok.

“The issue of connectivity is not clear to everyone,” says Moroz in the morning after another wave of air strikes on the country’s energy grid. “Ukrainians, for example, have apps or websites where they can track all air alerts, which can happen almost every day.”

Internet and cell phone service in Ukraine is surprisingly good, even by American standards. Moroz points out that Ukrainians can get download speeds of around 100 megabytes per second for around $8 a month. “People need instant information now. They want to know immediately what’s happening,” he says. “Access to the internet…so it means security for people, it means being connected to their families and friends.”

Staying connected also means staying hopeful.

When the Ukrainian army liberated Izium, which is close to the Dontesk border, they also rid residents of Russian propaganda — the only source of news for many in the city. “They believed that Kharkiv was also surrounded by Russians. And it was under Russian control, which is not true,” says Moroz.

“All of this, the joint efforts to keep the connection with Ukraine, is because everyone understands that the ultimate goal of Russia is to demoralize civilians – because if civilians are demoralized, the government will lose support,” says Moroz. “Instead, it’s the opposite: civilians recognize that they might face difficulties in their lives, but they still manage to build their lives around all of those difficulties.”

eQualitie is still raising money to buy a new batch of batteries to Ukraine. Shchyhol, meanwhile, is optimistic that he could bring Ukraine’s mobile networks back to 100 percent.

But like many aspects of this war, Ukraine continues to prepare for the worst. Late last year, after waves of brutal attacks on Ukrainian cities and critical infrastructure, President Volodmyr Zelenskyi announced the establishment of thousands of Points of Invincibility across the country – in government buildings, pharmacies, gas stations and banks.

“All basic supplies will be there, including electricity, mobile communications and internet, heat, water and a first aid kit,” Zelenskyj posted on Telegram. “Absolutely free and 24/7.” The sites are powered by generators and connected to the world via Starlink.

“That means the Russian flag – total devastation,” Zelenskyy said in another address in November. “There is no electricity, no communication, no internet, no television. The occupiers destroyed everything themselves – on purpose.”

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