If you think of how awful it must be to have your life threatened by Putin’s Russia, imagine what it must be like to have this twice in your lifetime!  Meet Irina Zotova who is such a person.  She was in Georgia as a child when Putin’s army invaded.  Now, for a second time, Putin’s army has come again.

Irina works for Windrose, a Ukrainian airline.  She tells us about her life starting at 4:30 am on February 24th.  Since that awful moment when the bombardment of her town started, she had to pack up a few belongings, her kids, her mother, and niece – then head west. The small group hid in Kyiv for five days underground and she decided to get the group out of the country.  She spoke to us from Turkey after she had been driving for six days. 

Exhausted to a level few can comprehend, she had to leave her husband behind.  Also, her 90-year-old grandmother is left behind, she could not and still cannot be rescued from the north of Ukraine.  Irina tells her story so far and gives us a sense of the situation at all Ukraine’s airlines and the lessors. 

Watching the news is surreal – almost too much to comprehend.  Here is the direct view from somebody in commercial aviation – a colleague.  Somebody our site’s audience can relate to.

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Addison Schonland
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Co-Founder AirInsight. My previous like includes stints at Shell South Africa, CIC Research, and PA Consulting. Got bitten by the aviation bug and ended up an Avgeek. Then the data bug got me, making me a curious Avgeek seeking data-driven logic. Also, I appreciate conversations with smart people from whom I learn so much. Summary: I am very fortunate to work with and converse with great people.

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