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How a Ukrainian Economist Is Fighting the Russians

Since the bombs started to drop, Kyiv School of Economics President Tymofiy Mylovanov has been working on the nightmare logistics of humanitarian aid in a war zone.

The  nightmare logistics of humantarian aid.

The  nightmare logistics of humantarian aid.

Photographer: Cole Burston/AFP

For the past three weeks Tymofiy Mylovanov, president of the Kyiv School of Economics in Ukraine, has been witnessing the effects of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine firsthand -- working from within a war zone to bring desperately needed medical supplies to the country. Mylovanov, an economics professor and former minister of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture for the Ukrainian government, is directing fundraising and other aid efforts from his base in Lviv in western Ukraine. Below are the lightly edited highlights of his Twitter Spaces conversation with Bloomberg Opinion columnist Scott Duke Kominers, where he discusses the economic and humanitarian disaster unfolding in his home country and shares his personal experiences of the shock of war.

Scott Duke Kominers: First, I wonder if you could just tell us a little bit about what you’re seeing and how your job has evolved in the context of war.