Kateryna Yurko was in her store when the first missile hit the ground just across the street.
The impact shook her. It was very, very loud.
She and her employees ran to the basement, making it underground just before the next explosion. Yurko’s store is just across the road from Kyiv’s TV tower, which was hit by a Russian strike on Tuesday.
Five people were killed in the assault. There was still blood on the streets the next day.
On Wednesday morning, Yurko was back at work sweeping up the shattered glass and debris. Most of her merchandise was gone. While most stores in Ukraine's capital have been shut since the invasion started, she kept the store open because it stocks spare car parts, oil and other necessities.
Yurko said that the events of the last few days had hardened her resolve.
I’m not scared anymore. I know Ukraine will win,” she said.
Yurko has three children and they all understand what is going on, she said. She showed off a video of her 5-year-old twin girls singing the national anthem. Yurko said her other child, who is 18, is volunteering with the Territorial Defense Forces, which is the volunteer military unit of the country's armed forces.
Yurko has also been cooking Ukrainian borscht and making Molotov cocktails for the Territorial Defense units.
“The two most important things a Ukrainian woman needs to know is how to make borscht and Molotovs,” she said, referring to homemade petrol bombs commonly known as Molotov cocktails.
Yurko said that she and her friends have made several thousand of the projectiles in recent days, using up 2 tonnes (4,400 pounds) of gasoline.