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Ukrainian Tour Information Livestreamed a Tour of Kyiv After Russia Invaded

  • A Ukrainian tour information mentioned she filmed a livestream known as “Battle in My Ukraine” when Russia invaded.
  • Olga Dudakova informed Insider over 1,000 individuals tuned in dwell to look at her speak concerning the struggle.
  • Individuals commented on her livestream, saying “calm her down, let her relax,” she mentioned.

Earlier than the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Olga Dudakova, a tour information, made a dwelling exhibiting off Kyiv’s hidden gems via an internet livestreaming web site Heygo.

She preferred to go to historic church buildings and hike to get good views of town.

She had a night tour scheduled on February 24 — the day that Russia started its assault on Ukraine — however rapidly cancelled it after listening to the information, Dudakova informed Insider in an interview.

As a substitute, Dudakova determined to movie a unique livestream known as “Battle in My Ukraine.” It offered a first-hand account of what was occurring in Ukraine’s capital on the night of the invasion. Greater than 1,000 individuals tuned in, she informed Insider.

“It was a choice I made in shock as a result of I used to be shocked and terrified with what was occurring round me,” she mentioned. The livestream lasted round an hour.

Russian fighters encircling Kyiv have largely stalled, however have nonetheless been attacking components of town, The Guardian reported. One citizen was killed after a missile assault on a residential constructing early Thursday morning, the outlet mentioned.

Russia has already precipitated destruction in different components of Ukraine, together with bombing a theater within the besieged metropolis of Mariupol the place civilians had been sheltering. Russia has up to now denied the assault.

Dudakova is among the 1000’s who’ve fled the nation’s capital. She left three days after the invasion.

Olga Dudakova said she made the decision to livestream in "shock."

Olga Dudakova mentioned she made the choice to livestream in “shock.”

Olga Dudakova.


Dudakova mentioned she did the livestream as a result of she wished to indicate her enormous viewers world wide what was occurring.

“They only see the information, the statistics… However what I wished to inform the viewers is that we’re individuals, we’re right here in Ukraine, and that is the catastrophe which is occurring,” she mentioned.

When she was talking, Dudakova mentioned she was crying out of concern

Individuals had been commenting on her livestream, saying “calm her down, let her relax,” she mentioned.

Greater than 1,000 individuals tuned in to look at Dudakova speak in real-time about what was occurring in Ukraine. Some viewers had been providing their properties for her and her household to remain at, she mentioned.

Dudakova mentioned she spent two nights in a bomb shelter together with her three kids earlier than she left Kyiv

“We determined to go away as a result of one constructing which is located close to my children faculty was affected badly,” Dudakova mentioned.

The road of vehicles making an attempt to get out of town was as much as 5 hours lengthy, she mentioned, including that, with individuals carrying weapons and a army presence, town felt like a struggle zone.

“I noticed individuals pushing vehicles, simply pushing with their very own palms as a result of they did not have petrol,” she mentioned.

Dudakova stayed at her grandmother’s home in western Ukraine — the place she filmed a second hour-long livestream — for round 5 days, earlier than fleeing the nation. She mentioned she spoke once more to the individuals who had tuned in and gave them a tour of a mansion within the space.

Dudakova mentioned that “meals disappeared from the shops” whereas she was staying in western Ukraine.

Dudakova said that food started disappearing from the stores.

Dudakova mentioned that meals began disappearing from the shops.

Olda Dudakova.


Generally the web connection in Kyiv dropped due to bombings, she mentioned, making it onerous for her to schedule the livestreams.

Dudakova additionally mentioned that she usually schedules them seven to 10 days upfront, however because the invasion she schedules them solely two to 4 hours beforehand due to connectivity points.

She informed Insider that she was nonetheless in contact with buddies and relations in Kyiv.

“I nonetheless have hopes that this can be over very quickly and I’ll come again and I’ll proceed doing my common excursions,” she added.

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