Why not а instead of i?
a means "but" not "and"
"а" is also the adversative "and".
'a' is like a change not a list.
For example: Вона любить їсти а він не любить їсти. She likes to eat but he doesn't.
An example where 'a' can mean 'and' could be: Я працюю а не працюють. I am working and/but they aren't working
Only "i" makes sense in this sentence. I am a native speaker.