I went to the global foods store yesterday because I wanted to get a box of Ukrainian chocolates for a really cool colleague in advising. There used to be shelves and shelves of Ukrainian products at the store. I even tweeted out a picture once and got retweeted by the Ukrainian Minister of Agriculture.
But yesterday it was really sad. No Ukrainian products. Even the word “Ukraine” above the aisle was removed, and an empty space glares at you where the word used to be. Everything on the shelves is Russian. This is very convenient for Russia. Invade a country, murder its people, and eliminate a competitor.
After rummaging around for 20 minutes, I did find a box of Ukrainian chocolates. I looked at the manufacturing date and it’s February 17, 2022. A week before the war.
The only reason I didn’t start crying right there in the aisle is that there was a Russian couple there and I didn’t want to give them the pleasure.
Of course, there’s no way I’ll now be able to relinquish this box of candy. I’ll have to get something different for the colleague because I can’t bear to see the last candy go.