Topic: Eyewitnesses

Oleksii, Kharkiv 64−20−04

Putin and all of his horde offended my street today. The name of the street is Verkhnioudynska and the old name was Savkin Yar. One day, more than hundred years ago, there was a house here, where the genius philosopher and poet Hryhoriy Savych Skovoroda lived. The name of the street was changed then, but everyone knew after whom the street, …

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Nadia, Mariupol 29−05−04

I go outside during the breaks between rounds of shelling. I need to walk my dog. She constantly twitches, trembles and hides behind my legs. I just want to sleep all the time. My yard among the high-rises is quiet and dead. I’m no longer afraid to look around. Opposite, the entryway to #105 is still burning. The flames have devoured five floors and are slowly chewing through the …

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Olena, Kyiv-Kharkiv 48−20−04

Something good from today: I was still in Kyiv when I mailed some flower seeds — verbena and sage — to Maryna in Kharkiv. And on the 24th of February, at night, my daughter called us and said that Kharkiv is getting bombed… a war! I thought about that envelope [with the seeds] a few times, curious about where it was now. It didn’t even have a postal code. But I didn’t write to Maryna about …

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Iryna, Irpin 50−10−04

February 24th, 2022. The alarm went off at eight o’clock. As it always did. I would get up and get my daughter ready for school; my husband would take the dog to the forest. Work, some plans, in the evening we would pick our daughter up and go to our park. We would see friends there, roast marshmallows, talk. On Saturday, we’d go to our friend’s birthday. Sunday — see our parents. Soon …

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Masha, Kyiv 13−26−04

A week before the war, my brother Bogdan had his wisdom teeth out. Half an hour ago, his wife Lisa and I were removing his stitches. The living room became an operating room, the sofa became a dental chair, the tactical flashlight became a surgical lamp, and the cat, Lapka, became a dental assistant. We were able to pull most stitches out, except for one. …

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Варвара, Київ

Varvara, Kyiv 17−26−04

I’m very worried about the fact that most of my classmates are abroad now and none of them know when they will come back. My close friends don’t even chat with me as often as they used to, and some of them have transferred to other schools. I’m really afraid that they will stay there for a long while and so I won’t be able to see them for …

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Natalya, Mariupol 06−05−04

Mama was telling me how she and Tato got to our apartment in Mariupol: «The left bank is completely destroyed. It’s impossible to live there. We were reluctantly let through by the UAF, given no guarantees that we would return alive. But you know Tato and me: we’re the kind that can get through anywhere.» My mother had to get into the apartment at all costs, because—here …

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Masha, Kharkiv 04−20−04

The text contains profanity My mom’s couldn’t-care-less attitude is impressive beyond words. While these motherf**ckers are hammering Kharkiv, my mom is making borshch, and it’s the abso-f**cking-lute best borshch you’ve ever had. ‘Cause what seek-shelter warning are you even talking about when the kids haven’t even been fed properly yet? And any assh*le who dares tell my mom how to live …

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Ivan, Vasylkiv 02−10−04

Vasylkiv. A ballistic missile hit 700 meters from my house. I drove over to see what happened to the vocational school 10 meters from where it exploded. Inside, the ceiling slabs had collapsed. Some things survived, so I took a fire extinguisher for our community centre, where there is a bomb shelter with many women and children. When I came out, a man appeared and said: «This is my school, …

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