Topic: Eyewitnesses

Yunna, Mykolaiv Oblast 71−14−04

My mother today. She spent 10 days with us in the basement without light, gas, heat, water. She slept in her fur coat and hat and was kept warm by the dog sleeping on her, Sansa, reacted with surprising restraint to the shelling and explosions. She continued to eat quietly when Russian soldiers, armed from head to foot, broke into our house. When Dmitrii …

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Oksana, Lutsk 107−03−04

The first days of the war. We all woke up simultaneously and ran to the same room. My husband nervously walked back and forth, whispering: «Bastard, Bastard, Bastard, Bastard …» I looked at our grandchildren, our frightened daughter, and our teenage son. At that moment, I didn’t know that we would flee the next day. Everyone randomly threw things in bags, and I took everything from the …

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Tetiana, Kharkiv Oblast 280−20−04

«There were times where a cow lay there that was still walking yesterday and either its leg or part of its trunk had been chopped off. They simply killed a cow and cut off the parts that they liked best. And left it like that.» The one-time farm looks like a morgue for cows. Carcasses of dead livestock everywhere. Killed by artillery fire …

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Nataliia, Kyiv 56−10−04

Today is your one-month anniversary, my baby. February 23: «Spring is coming, March is coming soon! Just a little longer and we’ll meet you, our spring flower!» February 24: «Did you hear? Explosions…» — I wake up… I don’t want to believe it!!! The war had begun. February 25: There’s the sound of an air raid siren and the roar of air defense systems. I’m standing in the …

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Zhanna, Kyiv Oblast 191−10−04

What is stuck in my head is the Kyiv-Hostomel-Borodianka (Berestianka) highway. Hostomel. Tortured but unbroken. Even the monument to the Unknown Soldier has bullet holes in it. A ruined church. A burnt tank right in the centre of the town. Until the 24th of February we used to travel through Hostomel at least two times a month, and each time we would stop in the town centre, visit the market and tiny …

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Хрести на могилах жертв в Ірпені

Vitaly, Irpin 12−10−04

They died in Irpin on March 5, while crossing the intersection near the Rich Town residential complex to evacuate under heavy mortar fire as a large column (70−90 units) of armored vehicles (tanks, armored personnel carriers) entered the city. A mine exploded near them. They were burned beyond recognition* and were only identified by the documents in a woman’s bag. I did not witness their death, …

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Taras, Donetsk Oblast 285−05−04

Taxi for the dead «We won’t be going into Zabakhmutka[1],» the woman cuts us off. «How am I supposed to get them there?» Vlad asks. «I don’t know.» The woman could care less about Vlad. What really concerns her is how to get out for a smoke. A cigarette that she has pulled out of her pack is waiting on the table half an hour already, but the flow of people …

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Taras, Bucha 262−10−04

A garage on Yablunytsia in Bucha. Tracks from rascist tanks and a tanker car marked «soviet railways»… And the garage where civilian women and men were hiding. The rascist soldiers closed the garage and threw a grenade through the ventilation slot… The remains of burned bodies… That’s all that was left of people who were simply hiding from the enemy. Today, the …

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