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People are fleeing Ukraine — this guide is hosting tours along the way


The virtual tour of Kyiv usually draws between 30-60 people.  

More than 1 800 people tuned into Olga Dudakova’s show. livestreamed tours in UkraineAfter the Russian invasion.

She said that the first tour had been scheduled within a matter of hours.

She stated, “It was completely unprepared.” “I didn’t have a plan … I just wanted to show my soul and the tragedy of the situation. … This war is totally unjustified, and it’s unprovoked.”

Dudakova stated that so many people asked questions on the internet tour, she couldn’t read their answers because they scrolled by so fast. People were asking simple questions, such as “What’s the matter?” Is there any bombing going on? Is there a reason why the war is being fought?

She said that she did not have all the answers.

She said, “I don’t know why we’re attacked.” “We’re a peaceful nation.”

Reality of war

CNBC talked to Dudakova after she had left Kyiv four days earlier for safety in a more rural area. In a mad rush to leave her family, she donned a pair she didn’t like and then realized that they were wrong.

Dudakova’s second tour was held here, “A Small Town To Hide From Bombing.” While she was livestreaming, Dudakova said she was stopped by police because speaking English in public raises suspicions — a situation which played out in front of viewers, some of whom commented about it on the tour webpage.  

One review stated that Olga’s response to the officers who interrogated her was “both terrifying and heartwarming.” “This incident was more powerful than all of the news programs I have seen and heard to remind me about the horrors associated with war.”  

Dudakova stated that even the small village is now not safe. She said that the Russian army was approaching. Dudakova agreed to go with the 1.5 million people who fled Ukraine after being told by local authorities to purchase enough water and food for a month. This statistic was tweeted by Filippo Grandei, United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees.

It’s strange, it’s true, but I am a tour guide. … I often tell about war — the atrocities that happened during war time,” she said. It is completely different if you consider the context.

Dudakova compared Putin to an “unstable bear”, who has been “humiliated on the international stage.” We don’t know how he will end up,” Dudakova said.

Online tours

Dudakova tours can be viewed live on HeygoThe pandemic saw the launch of a virtual travel business called. She called the website her main source of inspiration right now — a direct line to share what she is seeing and experiencing with people around the world.

She said, “For Heygo’s audience, I’m sort of the representative for Ukraine, and the representative from Kyiv, because they can actually see the real happening.” They are like a family to me.

CNBC spoke with Olga Dudakova, who described Putin as “a wounded bear” that’s “humiliated” in international events.

Source: Olga Dudakova

Visitors can tip, but tours are always free. According to her, before the invasion people gave between 2-5 euros and $2-2 to $5 per head.

Dudakova said that this has since been changed. According to Dudakova, viewers now help her flee Ukraine.

Ani Chemilian (the company’s chief-of-staff) said that Dudakova had been a well-known guide on Heygo. Chemilian said that Dudakova’s decision to host tours during the invasion enabled her to make connections with many more travelers online than ever.

She stated that Dudakova’s initial tour following the Russian invasion placed her among the top three most-booked experiences on Heygo. She added that the Haunted London Tour and Icelandic Volcano Eruption are two other options.

Dudakova admitted that she is not sure when the next tour of hers will take place, but people who follow her touring channelYou will be notified if she intends to log back in. She explained that this can happen at short notice due to intermittent internet connectivity.

An uncertain future

Dudakova stated that her youngest child has trouble sleeping and keeps making loud, slamming door and other noises.

But she added that other cities have worse. “We are quite lucky because what is happening in other cities … I don’t have words to describe what is going on there. It is amazing to see the things happening in these places.

Although they may be able to physically occupy the area, the territory and their spirit, they cannot defeat the people or the spirit.

Olga Dudakova

Tour guide for Heygo

She stated that she initially felt slow about the international response, but this has improved, particularly with increasing sanctions. the decision to disconnect select Russian banks from SWIFTInterbank messaging system.

But she stated that Ukraine is not able to win this battle by itself. She said, “If you look at the map and see the size Russia is and your Ukraine’s size it looks just like David and Goliath.”

Dudakova claimed that the people of Ukraine remain united despite all the chaos.  

Russia could physically occupy space or territory, she stated, but it cannot win over people or their spirit. We are witnessing the revival of Ukrainian spirit.