Melitopol, Zaporizhia region. The city is occupied by Russians. The occupiers destroyed the towers that maintained telephone communication with the free part of Ukraine. Occupiers started to sell locals Russian SIM cards. But: firstly, these cards are sold by passport, so occupiers collect data from the local population. Secondly, it is impossible to call on Ukrainian operators from these numbers: they only work in Russian-controlled territories. Thirdly, the connection is so bad that you can only talk on the phone on the street. And the last thing: such a card costs from $3.
"In the temporarily occupied Melitopol, the life of citizens has turned into a daily search for someone who managed to buy a SIM card from an incomprehensible Russian operator. Citizens cannot call Kyivstar, Vodafone, and numbers of other Ukrainian operators using this operator," Ihor, a resident of Melitopol.
"We can only call each other around the city using these cards. Moreover, the internet speed of this provider is so low that we have to go to the city center on Bohdan Khmelnitskyy avenue or the 50th Anniversary of the Victory and look for a place where this internet catches. In the private sector, it is impossible to call back with this card on WhatsApp, Telegram, Viber. I went to the city center, took out the phone — and people immediately started running up to me and asking me to allow me to call my relatives back. People simply remained without a connection," Ihor continues.