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A Kyivan uses a battery powered light to read during a blackout. 

A Kyivan uses a battery powered light to read during a blackout. 

Photographer: Andrew Kravchenko/Bloomberg

Putin Bombs Energy Grid, So Defiant Kyiv Uses Camping Gear

Cuts to power, water supplies and heating are now a feature of daily life in Ukraine’s capital. But people are getting on with it.

At the Gorgany hiking equipment outlet a brisk five-minute walk from the bombed Taras Shevchenko park in central Kyiv, Artem Pomazan uses his head torch to help a customer choose a sleeping bag.

Ukraine’s capital is grappling with power and heating outages and the 35-year-old sales assistant says demand for items like backpacks has been replaced by the more urgent need for warmth, especially after nightfall. Camping gas stoves and their cartridges are also flying out the door. At least it’s keeping the business going in a tough war economy.