Alla Pankova

Hello. My name is Alla, I was born on November 9, 1964. I have three children, who are already adults (36, 35 and 26 years old) and a small grandson. This is my favorite schoolboy, who is only 8 years old.

Before this war, I lived in Kramatorsk. However, I was born and raised in the cozy village of Spartak, near Donetsk. I have a higher education. I worked and still work in my specialty: hydroelectric engineer. The specialty is very rare and narrowly focused, so now I perform my professional duties remotely.

I used to devote my free time to flowers and knitting. I had a beautiful collection that gave me peace and enjoyment. A kind of home relaxation with different colors, delicate petals and unique aromas. But this was the case before the start of a full-scale Russian invasion.

February 24 started as usual. I even went to work. But later, everyone did not just hear — they felt explosions at the airfield in Kramatorsk. I wasn’t in the mood for panic — the position is responsible. Therefore, it was necessary to finish work quickly, I would even say urgently.

With the departure, the decision was made instantly, after the first air alert. This is not the first time I have to run away from the war, I have already left my village in 2014. Then a shell hit my house. Therefore, the house first exploded, and then also burned down… I knew WHAT would happen next and that it was not worth waiting for silence and believing the empty promises of the Russians…

Without hesitation, I quickly packed up my things and took the nearest evacuation train. I left with only 1 suitcase. I understood that now everyone would be leaving, so a lot of things in the crowd would only interfere. It was scary to realize that I would have to start from scratch again, but with the only difference: now I am 8 years older.

Now I am on the territory of Ukraine in a safe place so far. I live with my children and grandson — this makes things much easier. I work remotely and help children with distance learning.

I couldn’t take the flowers with me, so I fully devote my free time to my favorite hobby — knitting. My mother taught me this when I was about 5 years old. Since then, I’ve been happy to create new things. After all, this activity helps to relax your thoughts, relieves unnecessary stress.

It is not surprising that in the conditions of the present, I constantly knit. Automatically, without thinking, just disconnecting from the surrounding events and news. By making each new loop, I set myself up for the positive. Now I have only one dream in my head — I want PEACE to reign in Ukraine.