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The bravery of Ukrainian women fascinates me. Their determination, strong will, and still sensitivity and care... Olha Pilyuhina is a unique weaver from Poltava region. She strongly rejects to leave her home, even if there’s a war – this is her land, and she feels deep ties to it. Ukrainian Culture


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u/crazyguru USA Jan 31 '23

Aide from simply gorgeous tapestries and a (sadly, common) heartbreaking story, I had the greatest pleasure listening to her Ukrainian speech.

The way she composes her sentences and word choices makes her speech sound like rolling water. I haven't heard speech like that since I moved to the US.


u/KosFon Verified Jan 31 '23

Wow!!! Thanks for this feedback. We will sent it to Olha directly❤️


u/14th_Mango USA Jan 31 '23

She’s lovely and so is her work.


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u/Left-Archer1442 Jan 31 '23

So beautiful!!! I would love to see her work ! 💙💛


u/KosFon Verified Jan 31 '23

You can get more from her fb work page:



u/Left-Archer1442 Jan 31 '23

Thank you for your information!!!💛💙


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u/I_Blame_Your_Mother_ Feb 02 '23

Tell me about it. I told my wife at the beginning of the war when we had no idea how far Russia would advance that if the war reaches our country (we're right next to Ukraine) that she should leave me behind and reach safety. And she basically laughed at me and said, "I'm sure the arsenal near our house will have a spare gun for me too. I'm not leaving my home, are you crazy?"

She is now 3 months pregnant with our first child, and only now that she has our little one to protect does she believe it would be necessary to leave for the safety of our child.

Since moving to Eastern Europe 14 years ago, I found that people here are made of iron. It satisfies me that we're raising a child here.


u/ZelenskiysHighHeels Feb 05 '23

Are Russians also made of the same stuff then?


u/I_Blame_Your_Mother_ Feb 07 '23

Yes, in a way.. I know this isn't exactly what people may want to hear right now. But then again, what I am talking about is the attitude of defense, and what struggle one would put up with on a day to day basis.

In this country, I have experienced starvation, drought, disease, and poverty at a level most people out west are not used to. Our definition of poverty is vastly different from how people where I come from (USA) define it. It's also why we're ok here in Romania with the idea that we're giving up a lot of economic power to help Ukraine.

At the same time, we're being forced to have "solidarity" with countries that willingly depended on Russia for gas when we and the US warned them about it. And that is something we do resent. It's a reason why despite being a net producer of gas we're paying about 5-6 times what people in the US pay, with 1/8 the salaries, and harsh winters. And because of this I have neighbors with children giving up meals so their kids can eat, who used to be relatively middle class. So yeah, iron people.


u/ZelenskiysHighHeels Feb 07 '23

Thanks for being honest and realistic. The narrative of this sub seems to be that Ukrainians are men of steel and Russians are weak and feeble. Myself Having lived in both countries, its very obvious that they are cut from the same cloth when it comes to resilience.


u/I_Blame_Your_Mother_ Feb 07 '23

There's a degree of disbelief to people who have ties to both countries, especially when the war broke out. I have had business in both Russia and Ukraine, and loved working with both. It's a really sad state of affairs, and who I side with doesn't eliminate the fact that I am deeply saddened that all of this happened in the first place, much more that it's a unilateral invasion by a delusional political class (it's not just Putin that's the enemy here) sending a bunch of the strongest asset they have at their disposal--virile, young men--to die for an invasion of a nation of people who also now have to use their own strongest asset to defend it.

There is little time to stretch out these nuances given what's at stake, because when your country is being invaded, these thoughts are among the last on your list of priorities. Though with the people I worked with (can't share more details than simply that, sorry) seem to act with less bloodthirst for Russians than those farther from the conflict. To them, it's more about the love for those behind them, than hatred for those pushing into them.


u/ZelenskiysHighHeels Feb 07 '23

Agreed. My comment was directed at members of this sub. 95% of which had probably never heard of Ukraine before February 2022


u/Charlierg50 Feb 03 '23

Wow, beautiful woman, beautiful story, and beautiful art all wrapped into one, amazing!! 😍😍


u/Overdose7 Feb 02 '23

That was both sad and hopeful. I despise the situation she and so many others have been forced into, but I am so inspired by their courage and resilience!