#357 – Stories from Odessa, Ukraine with Yevhenni Pt. 5

Sevan Matossian (00:01):

Bam. We’re live. You upped your game, you have headphones.

Yevhenii (00:04):

Uh, what, what

Sevan Matossian (00:05):

You upped your game. You have headphones.

Yevhenii (00:08):

No, I wasn’t headphones all this time.

Sevan Matossian (00:11):

Oh, you have? Oh, shows how much I’m paying attention. Yeah.

Yevhenii (00:16):

So how you doing?

Sevan Matossian (00:17):

I’m good. I’m good. I, I, I, I live in a weird, I live in a weird place. It’s hard. It’s hard to complain when I’m talking to you, but they’re trying to pass this law in, in, um, in California where they want the police to enforce medical health measures, have the police. So basically if they, if you, you know, if you don’t get an injection, then the police will grab you and give you an injection Crazy. Right?

Yevhenii (00:46):

Yeah. It’s really crazy.

Sevan Matossian (00:49):

It might, it might pass. It might pass. It’s not like farfetched either. I’m not, it’s not like I’m making up some crazy shit. Like it’s a, it’s a bill on the floor. It’s a bill on the floor, you know, there’s, there was also a proposal coming out of San Francisco that in order for there to be, um, the, it wasn’t a law, but it’s being proposed by some intellectuals in San Francisco that, that people who have black kids and people who have white kids, they exchange them at birth.

Yevhenii (01:15):

Why, why are they doing this?

Sevan Matossian (01:17):

Cause they think that that will bring equality. We have a lot of crazy people in this country. It is so bad here, but, but it, but like I said, we don’t have, uh, our neighbors not, well, I was gonna say our neighbors not invading, but our neighbor kind of is invading kinda

Yevhenii (01:34):

I, we

Sevan Matossian (01:35):

Have a good neighbor. We have a good neighbor. So that’s good. Go ahead.

Yevhenii (01:39):

Fake vaccine certificate. You help

Sevan Matossian (01:41):

I’ll say that again.

Yevhenii (01:43):

Uh, when the all staff with the Corona, uh, uh, start. Yes. Yeah. And, uh, uh, we have the COVID certificate. Yes. Yeah. And there was, uh, many news about, uh, fake certificates in Ukraine. Yes. Yeah, yeah. You done heard it. So

Sevan Matossian (02:04):

Everyone has those in the United States. You mean the fake vaccine card that you got the vaccine. Yeah. Everyone has those here too

Yevhenii (02:10):

Many people don’t want to have this, uh, this shit. Yes. And they buy some certificates and live with this.

Sevan Matossian (02:17):

I think, I think Ukraine has the lowest vaccination rate in Europe.

Yevhenii (02:21):

Uh, maybe yes. Especially in that time now. So you, when our, our, uh, women and child go go away from Ukraine, yes. They don’t need, uh, certificate on the border areas and they just, uh, to Europe without it. So if, when we, uh, travel somewhere, yes, by Ukraine, you must, uh, give the vaccine certificate on the train or on the bus or whatever. And only, only after that, you can write to want, but, but now it’s finished. You, you can write whatever you want

Sevan Matossian (03:03):

This. Um, you know, uh, uh, the guy who used to be president of the United States, Donald Trump, he’s speaking again. And one of the things he spoke of recently was is that we should be very careful letting Germany and Japan build up their militaries again. And I, and I, I posted this on my Instagram and someone from Germany said, Hey, you know, it’s not a big deal. Germany’s a, a, a safe, safe country. And I said, well, look what you guys did with the COVID vaccine. Look how you treated your people. And he said, oh shit, you’re right. It’s not, it’s not, it’s not, it’s not a safe people. It’s, it’s an authoritarian regime. It’s, it’s freaky. The, the, yeah, it’s, it’s really, really, really, really freaky. Yeah. So Ukraine is 34% vaccinated, um,

Yevhenii (03:51):

On that time. Yes.

Sevan Matossian (03:53):

Which is very low. I mean, look at Brazil, 75, the us is 66. It’s about half that, of the, of the, um, United States. It’s fascinating to me. They they’re saying that 58% of the population on the planet is, is vaccinated. Now 4.5, 7 billion people have taken this drug crazy. Have you had COVID um, you have guine,

Yevhenii (04:18):

Uh, on the 2020. Yes. I have something like that. Uh, and it was one day. Yeah. I made the test. I know that I have COVID. And after, after one day of, uh, feeling bad, yes, I was good. And that’s the old story was covered for me.

Sevan Matossian (04:40):

I’m gonna show you something. Um,

Yevhenii (04:42):

So, so one believe that, uh, my health, healthcare, yes. And fitness help me maybe. Of course. Dunno, of course. But I want to think like this,

Sevan Matossian (04:56):

Of course. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Of course. Of course it helps you. It helps you in everything. If you fall down the stairs, it will help you. Um, if you get a venal disease, it will help you. Um, if you get emotionally hurt, it will help you, your fitness helps you, your fitness helps you everywhere. Um, it’s kind of cool like that

Yevhenii (05:16):

About stressing. Yes, it will. You now, I, I see like my fitness help me to, uh, create a better, better day. Yes. So even today we have a very bad night. Uh, I tell you later about that. Yes. But, uh, I find some 20 minutes to recover with, with my head, to go on the street and do some double unders 500 double unders for tire. And, and it’s good. It’s uh, every time is good.

Sevan Matossian (05:52):

I’m sorry to hear you say that, that, um, that you’re having some hard times now, it seems like we’re getting a lot of good news in the United States. At least just from the little bit that I’ve seen did did the Ukraine, well, before we switch, before we switch, I wanna show you something. I wanna show you. Uh, this is from, we have a, we have a, a, a group here called the C D center for disease control. They’re supposed, they’re supposed to make sure the United States is safe from, you know, the flu and, and whatnot. And this is, um, let me see if I can, if I can, uh, pull this up, um, share. Normally I have, uh, someone here to help me. They’re not here today. Um, let me go here and let me move, see if I can make this full screen. Okay. Now listen to what she listen to what she says here.

Speaker 3 (06:43):

Our data from the CDC today suggest, um, you know, that, that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick. Um, and, and that, it’s not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real world. Data are data from the CDCs today, suggest, um, you know, that, that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick. Um, and, and that, it’s not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real world data.

Sevan Matossian (07:11):

So this is, she’s saying that if you’re vaccinated, uh, it doesn’t matter how old this is, by the way she’s saying that people, um, who are vaccinated, they don’t, they don’t carry the disease. And they’re good to go. Well, that’s never been true. Not even for one. Yeah. It’s no one ever said that. Not Pfizer. Nobody, no one ever said that except for her. And it’s it’s bat shit. Crazy bat shit. Crazy.

Yevhenii (07:35):

I have a lot of examples. Yes. When?

Sevan Matossian (07:38):

Yes, I, yeah. Everyone knows. That’s not true. Even Joe Biden knows that’s not true Fucking idiocy. And it was, oh, are you on your phone? You turn sideways. You have a Guinea. Ah, there we go.

Yevhenii (07:54):


Sevan Matossian (07:57):

Hey, you sent me that link to, um, God, that was a horrible read. What you sent me. Yeah. You sent me this link to what happened in BCHA. Let me see if I can pull this up over here. This is like the, the, this is the shit like, we don’t want to hear. You can hang up and come back. You have GNY you can hang up and come back. Uh, one. Okay. Okay. Problem

Yevhenii (08:26):

With cash funds.

Sevan Matossian (08:27):

Uh, yeah, Danny sent me this this morning. Uh, this is absolutely the shit you don’t wanna see. And, um, I, I think this kind of shit, unfortunately, is, um, is, uh, man, you’re gonna see it no matter who goes to war, this is a, this think this was published in Wikipedia today. April. I think it was put up April 2nd, yesterday. And, uh, you again sent this to me in, in, in WhatsApp. Um,

Sevan Matossian (08:58):

Uh, the, the tops of this article, uh, and information may change rapidly as the event progresses. Uh, and it’s, there’s a city, um, called BCHA, uh, as, as part. And I’m gonna read to you the Wikipedia article now as a part of the 2022 invasion of Ukraine, the Russian military push us the Southern borders of Belarus. So that’s, that’s the top that’s, um, Northern, uh, Ukraine, Belarus sits on top. Um, the, the Russian advanced forces moved into the town of BCHA being one of the initial outline areas of Keve the Russian forces moved into. So it’s basically KES like their capital. That’s their big city. That’s where, you know, all the, the politicians hang out, I guess. And, uh, on the outskirts, one of the suburbs was a town called BCHA. Unlike other towns, the mayor continued to remain in office during the occupation. He was not abducted or executed and late March, which is, I think last week prior to the Russian retreat from prosecutor general of Ukraine, U arena, then Tova stated that Ukrainian prosecutors had collected evidence of 2,500 suspected cases of war crimes. It goes on and on basically it looks like 400 people in this town were slaughtered,

Yevhenii (10:16):

And this is not a final, final number of people.

Sevan Matossian (10:20):

Right. Right. And

Yevhenii (10:23):

Are you talking about BHAs?

Sevan Matossian (10:24):

Yeah. And, and some of the evidence they’re seeing is, is, you know, people in the streets with their hands tied behind their back dead, um, mass graves, um, pets, pets killed everywhere.

Yevhenii (10:37):

Um, this is terrible, not only the men and, but child with, uh, uh, tight hands. It’s a strange thing. And, uh, uh, I read about the girls, uh, under 10 years with the signs of rape. So it’s terrible. And we know about it cause, uh, I think to say yes about that, uh, cities. Yes, they was under Russia, uh, last couple of weeks, but uh, now our, uh, military liberate this key regime and fully, completely, uh, liberate. And now we can see all this, uh, all these crimes of Russians,

Sevan Matossian (11:27):

Uh, Rema, um, soft says, uh, those cities are 30 kilometers from Keve. Well organized European style cities. Damn.

Yevhenii (11:36):

Yeah. There is, uh, a good infrastructure. So this is, uh, like, uh, uh, under K. So the, the part where, uh, many, uh, Kyo citizens live, they like to buy some houses near. And, uh, so it’s, it’s not a village. Yes. And it’s good cities with good infrastructure. And I, I, uh, read a lot of stories about that, so that the stuff that made, uh, my last days. So you can just read this from, from, uh, uh, young women. Yes. From, from that who, uh, survival there. And I have a couple of stories for you to please to give you, give you some, some, these are stories

Sevan Matossian (12:25):

That you’ve heard coming out of BCHA.

Yevhenii (12:28):

Yeah. Uh, you know, uh, now volunteers help that people that, uh, come back from, from the BCHA if cast, so this is the city around the queue. And, uh, now volunteers help these people because they was, uh, long time, uh, under shelters, basements. Yes. They don’t see the, uh, daylight. Yes. Uh, many of them have no food and water by the weeks. Yes. Lost their, uh, relatives or something like that. So this is the stories from real people that volunteers now, uh, post in the, uh, social medals and all my, uh, social medals today with these stories, you, you can’t just come to Instagram or something, you, you see, how do they,

Sevan Matossian (13:20):

How do they validate these stories, by the way? How do they, how do you verify them? I only bring this up because we were getting stories out of New York city during COVID and out of China, that there were just mass people dying everywhere. Right. Or we heard those stories at, of India, and now we know they’re, they’re not true. You know, like they, in New York, in our own country, they pulled the refrigerator truck up and said, you know, it was gonna be filled with dead bodies. And then later on, we find out,

Yevhenii (13:46):

Uh, so the information about, uh, tied hands about, uh, uh, rape for little girls. Yes. It’s information from the journalists that was there. Yes. There. Okay. And, um, me as the men who sit in the shelter most time of the, of the day to date was near five hours. Yes. So I sit in the shelter because it’s air alarm, and we don’t have the Russian troops on this, on our cities, on our streets. Yes. And, uh, just realize the situation where you, uh, inated city, where every, every time you heard the bank, bang, bang. Yes. You see, uh, how, how it happened. The building is destroyed near you, us. So you go and the, uh, basement or, or what you can go. So when I see the El alarm, I’m just, uh, carefully take all my, uh, all my stuff. Yes. And sessions with, with the waiter.

Yevhenii (14:50):

Yes. I go down. So I don’t run to the stairs. I don’t run because of, uh, banks. Yes. So I’m just, I’m just going like regular stuff. So if you have the real dangerous situation on the street, you see troops, maybe. Yeah. You see, uh, like, uh, uh, the bullets coming yes. Or something like rockets. Yes. You, you, you don’t go, uh, calmly, uh, down. Yes. You just run and take what you can take. Yes. And, uh, when you sit there in this situation, so I can’t believe that people, uh, have enough food. Yes. Because they don’t, can’t just go from the shelter. You, you, you can go, but you can be dye there. So I read the story. I read this story for you. Yes. About when, uh, now are these stories

Sevan Matossian (15:48):

Written? What language are these stories written in?

Yevhenii (15:51):

Uh, it’s written by Ukraine and, but I’m translated in English. Of course. Okay. So, so we can understand this,

Sevan Matossian (15:58):

By the way, for those of you who don’t know, this is I’m zoomed in using the satellite imagery on Google. This is BCHA. And I just wanna pull out really quick. If you can follow my arrow, um, I’m gonna show you where, um, you of GU is who we’re speaking with. He’s down here in Odesa by the black sea, but the water that’s in the, in the most Southern part of this photo, and then where the red.is up here, the balloon that’s the city we’re about to talk about. And he’s about to read stories from, and then just to give you perspective, if I come all the way over here, all the way here, this, this is Paris, all in the left side of the screen, near, um, near where you have GU and I are, our pictures are, so then you come back all the way over here and I’m gonna zoom in on BCHA. Okay. Sorry to interrupt. You have Guinea. Let’s do it.

Yevhenii (16:43):

Yeah. Uh, you, you also can show the little bit north and that BCHA, there is a radi and, uh, north and little bit it’s right. There is a city Bob that I, that I have, uh, my mother there and all my relatives there. And this region now it’s also without Russian troops and this, this good. And we talk about this later, but now story from the, uh, people from BCHA. Okay. So people say that for several weeks, they sat in basement without electricity heating and food. The story of rescued 60 years old girl were run out of water. My uncle left the basement for water and did not return. So we can, uh, think that he was died by killed. Yes, by Russian troops, it was completely dark. We sat among the dead bodies and smelled them. So realize you sitting in the basement without lights, uh, and some somebody died. Yes, I dunno. And this is terrible. My mother died three days before we were arrested. Wow.

Sevan Matossian (18:00):

I wonder why she died. Did she die from a bombing starvation stress?

Yevhenii (18:05):

We don’t know. We dunno about that. Okay. But this is short story. Yes. And I have another from just, uh, I have a tears from this story. They prepared food in the yard on stones. I drop your photos from this. Yes. It’s from, from Mario. Uh, then there was, uh, the shelling, their shelter was destroyed, uh, who can ex escape and other people dying on, on this shelter. People were buried right in the yard. Russians were not taken away and their bodies were taken away by animals. Uh, she prayed every second for the children to survive. Uh, there was no water, no food. The basement where we were sitting was found by accident while running between the bombings. So they running away and just some place that they can find as they go there. Uh, she told how she did not sleep for a second and huge the child tightly, sometimes turning off from help, help, help build helplessness. Yes. Uh, they were over and there was no point in shouting because the shoulders will kill them just for, there were thoughts of starvation such as killing our dog and eating it to last a, a few more days. So these,

Sevan Matossian (19:36):

Do you know when these, do you know when these were posted? Do you have GU

Yevhenii (19:40):

Uh, one,

Sevan Matossian (19:42):

This story, is it from, is it recent? Is it in the last week or the last month or the last two? This

Yevhenii (19:47):

Is the last week from Marial. So, okay. Last, uh, now, now from Marie people every day, uh, two and half thousand of people go away from this city. But, uh, uh, you remember, yes, this city was destroyed. Totally. You, you can, uh, show the photos before and, uh, after the, uh, Russia is coming and now some people, uh, can, can run away from that. So this is a story from, uh, a woman that was there. And after, after this, uh, she arrived at, uh, she think, uh, about kill and it, uh, uh, her dog. Yes. And, uh, she seen that she’s, uh, sleeping. Yes. That, uh, this is like a dream. Yes. And after that, uh, they were, they was rescued. So the, and army, uh, just coming for, for them. So when you read all this stuff it’s, and in the morning today, we have the bomb on our oil, oil plant. Yes. In odea. So there we did,

Sevan Matossian (21:03):

Is that the, is that the first time odesa’s been bombed since you’ve been there?

Yevhenii (21:06):

So they, uh, have a try a couple of times, but, uh, our, uh, our defense, our defense yes. Was here and, uh, uh, have a good time. But today it was, uh, five rockets, but, uh, two, two of these five destroyed and three, uh, was an ESA and the oil depart was destroyed. And, uh, I, it, it was in the five in the mornings. Five or six in the morning. Yes. And I was on the streets a couple hours ago, and I saw clouds of Oak in my one place.

Sevan Matossian (21:52):

Um, when this happens, how much did you get noted you? So you said you were outside when these rockets struck?

Yevhenii (21:58):

No, no, no. I was in shelter. Yes. And what the story? Uh, we was in the shelter. We lost our wifi there. So three 50 minutes, I go, 50 minutes. I go to the place where, where I can find mobile network. Yes. And looking for the end of alarm. So we don’t know where it finished, so I must check every time. So I go every 15, 20 minutes. And in, in time, uh, our, our friend come to shelter. So you, you know, that not, uh, all the people, uh, go to the shelter in the alarm. So many of them just sleeping. Right. So some of our friend come to shelter and say that there is a lot of, uh, bumps. Yes. Uh, she, she heard like it’s is bombing and she was scared. And just because, uh, she go, go down and we sit in and try to looking for the news. And nobody writes nothing because of you, you can’t tell information about the bombs because of, uh, help in Russian. Yes. So if you, if you write about the place or take photos from this, or, or something like that, uh, you can help, uh, to

Yevhenii (23:22):

Right. To help next rocket. Yes. Just in place when they want, and after it finish in hour. Yes. We come back. And

Sevan Matossian (23:32):

What time was that at? It looks like it’s daytime, even though the sun, even though it’s dark, it,

Yevhenii (23:36):

It was, uh, early morning. So 6:00 AM or 5:00 AM,

Sevan Matossian (23:42):

Like, so let me paint this picture a little bit here. So how far is this from your house? The, the, the, these,

Yevhenii (23:47):

Uh, it’s looking like, uh, two kilometers to, or three kilometers. So wow.

Sevan Matossian (23:53):

Building you’re in right now.

Yevhenii (23:55):

Yeah. I, I, uh, just take photos from, from clouds of smoke.

Sevan Matossian (24:01):

Wow. Can you send those to me?

Yevhenii (24:04):

Yeah. I, I think it’s,

Sevan Matossian (24:06):

Don’t worry if I lose you, don’t worry. Don’t worry. Don’t worry. You can just call right back. Don’t worry crazy. I’m tripping on these. I’m tripping on these people walking around here, just like, look at, look at there’s a dude down here. And then there was a lady. Did you see that these are incredible images by the way, look at this dude down here, and then this lady’s just walking casually, but look, the guys this daytime and it’s black under there, I’ve been in a massive fire. One time, 3000 homes burning. And it turned the, the day tonight, it was a trip.

Yevhenii (24:35):

So this photo that I sent you was, uh, in the eight in the evening. So all the day after that. And that’s a lot of smoke in this time, too, because of oil. Yes. It’s not.

Sevan Matossian (24:50):

So this is, this is 14 hours after the rocket’s hit you. This is a photo nuts.

Yevhenii (24:56):

So you can, can imagine the air in the DESA. It’s not very, uh, good quality, I think. Yes. And it’s it. Uh, it’s a disaster for, for, so, uh, the people can’t, uh, help, help, uh, oil for, for the cars yes. For, for their needs. So it’s the, it’s a bad for, for city to, to the, uh, oil fact.

Sevan Matossian (25:30):

Isn’t it incredible that you can take a picture, send it to me. I open it up and we show it from the world. Should we show it to the world? Hey, I got a question for you as I pull this photo up. Um, is anyone else in, is, is anyone else, have you done any other podcasts? Is anyone else T you in the CrossFit world or, or news world or any world? Have you, have you, are you talking to anyone else? Is anyone from the Ukraine talking to anyone else who’s in this community? This CrossFit?

Yevhenii (25:59):

Yeah. We we’re talking with the, with the old guys who in the CrossFit community. So we, uh, have the change with, with information. Yes. We talk about the volunteers, but I mean,

Sevan Matossian (26:09):

Public, I mean, publicly,

Yevhenii (26:11):

Publicly, I was on the podcast in the, in the, uh, escapist corner podcast is from, from the Germany. Yes.

Sevan Matossian (26:20):

Oh, okay. Okay.

Yevhenii (26:21):

I, I was meet with one guy from that and so no,

Sevan Matossian (26:27):

Interesting. I find, I, I fascinating to me,

Yevhenii (26:34):

But I have a lot of, uh, lot of words from, from many people from other countries. So every, every time I post something that people, uh, send

Sevan Matossian (26:47):

Message here, here’s messages. Here’s why I find it fascinating. Most of the cross, most of the planet is sympathetic to the people of Ukraine. I think very sympathetic. Yeah. Like, holy shit, by sympathetic I’m that may even be an exaggeration. They’re glad they’re not you how’s the, that, you know what I mean? Like, I’m glad I’m not in Odesa right now. Um, and, and they feel for you, like, they, they, they can think for a second, oh, shit. If that was my best friend or my grandmother, that would really suck. That would be really, or if that, what if they, that happened in my hometown. Right. But I, it’s not that I’m, um, I’m the most politically I’m so far politically skeptical of what’s going on in Ukraine, you would think based on the way the narrative is in, in the CrossFit community, in the United States, that I would be the last person to talk to you. Do you understand what I’m saying? Yeah. Yeah. And instead

Yevhenii (27:49):

All these, yeah. With

Sevan Matossian (27:50):

Seemly motherfuckers, They can’t fucking, cuz they’re, they’re afraid it’ll ruin their, uh, their ratings, their reputation, their like, like, like it’s just fascinating to me. I know I’m sucking my own Dick a little bit here, but, but it’s just fascinating to me that they’re not, it’s like this, you know, I eat meat, but I still go to the vegan websites and I watch their videos that show the mass killing of cows. And I cry. I need the whole story.

Yevhenii (28:20):

Of course you must see the, and this is story.

Sevan Matossian (28:24):

So, so right here, tell me where, tell. So right now you’re on the 21st floor of Europe in Odessa Ukraine. And, and, and then this picture is how far from where you’re sitting right now.

Yevhenii (28:40):

Three kilometers, I

Sevan Matossian (28:40):

Think. No, no, no. But where you took it from where you, I know the smoke is three

Yevhenii (28:44):

Kilometers. I, I took it it’s from, from the street near my house, my buildings.

Sevan Matossian (28:51):

So this is level, you left your building and this is ground level looking towards those oil fields that we just saw burning Crazy. And, and why, why attack those oil fields for the obvious reasons so that, so that you guys don’t have oil for transportation.

Yevhenii (29:08):

Yeah. Yeah. It’s the,

Sevan Matossian (29:11):

And for heating homes and whatnot.

Yevhenii (29:15):

I think not with homes now, just infrastructures in a desk and now they don’t, they attack some houses on the sea line. Yes. But it’s not nothing massive attack. And I hope it’s never happened, but oil it’s like, uh, critical infrastructure. Yeah. So they interest in it. So military infrastructure, so tactically like oil base or something, some, uh, food base. Yes. And this is a tactical move. So they

Sevan Matossian (29:53):

Go ahead, go ahead. Sorry, go ahead.

Yevhenii (29:55):

They, they want to destroy, uh, infrastructure so you can, can find.

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