Topic: Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs)

Anton, Kyiv 88−26−01

At the store near the toy department I’m itching to buy Darusya either a dragon or a unicorn. And in a moment I become aware that you can buy these… but how will you give them to her? I wish victory to all of us. And the reunification of families. Mordor must die." A few days ago, Ruslan Gorovyi wrote these golden words for the granite-worthy souls of moms and …

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Pavlo, Donetsk region 81−05−01

The War. Escape from the occupation. Public opinion. In Volnovakha people are waiting for warmer weather to leave the city. The Dokuchaevsk filtration center will decide where they will go. Many citizens are waiting for their long-awaited document, which will allow them to escape from the city. Where? It doesn’t matter. All that matters is not staying in the «DNR». They say …

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Kateryna, Lviv-Kramatorsk 47−13−01

At the train station, I met a family from Kramatorsk. Two Russian-speaking mothers. A fifteen-year-old, some boys around 8 and 10, a four-year-old named Seva, and a year-and-a-half-old named Sasha. It’s so cold outside your hands are about to freeze off. The smaller kids are awfully stressed after a day-and-a-half of being on the train, in the coach with a total of 15 people in it. There are no free buses …

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When Moscow issued an ultimatum to NATO and then decided to recognize the Donbas republics, I understood what everything was leding to. In Putin’s speech on the decommunization of Ukraine, I finally felt his mood. Before going to bed on February 23, I read that a night shift of an enterprise located near the Kherson region was evacuated in Crimea. I woke up from two explosions in Kyiv around 5 am on February 24. I had already …

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Larisa, Kyiv region 60−10−01

March 7. Twelve days of the war. At 7:20 am, an explosion so tremendous shook the air that a blast wave took me off the toilet. Now we don’t have gas as well. Brute orks planted explosives under the Gas Distributing station. It was our «good morning». Fortunately, we prepared a barbecue outside yesterday (as if we felt it coming). Then we heard jet fighters flying over our heads. For …

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Natalya, Sumy 33−18−01

The morning of February 24 knocked us for a loop. Instead of going about our everyday business, we were suddenly making decisions about how to go on living in a country where war had just started. Shock. Helplessness. Desperation. Fear. And these aren’t the only emotions that overwhelmed every one of us that day. Our city saw no military action in the first few days, like the calm …

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Victoria, Kyiv 22−26−01

The morning of February 24 knocked us for a loop. Instead of going about our everyday business, we were suddenly making decisions about how to go on living in a country where war had just started. Shock. Helplessness. Desperation. Fear. And these aren’t the only emotions that overwhelmed every one of us that day. Our city saw no military action in the first few days, like the calm …

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Iryna, Irpin 20−10−01

Hello! We are from Ukraine, from Irpin! The last time I saw my husband was when he saw us off to safety. For the last two and a half years, my mother has lived with me and my family in our own apartment in Irpin. We were able to buy it because my mother sold her house in Volyn and was able to make a significant contribution to the cost. She moved in with us, we did …

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Tanya, Kyiv 43−26−01

You know what. From our home, we took a little spoon for the kids with us on the road. It was from a favorite set of ours. And now, living in a stranger’s apartment, from tens of other spoons, I always take this one, and such tender feelings envelop me… I never thought that a simple spoon would evoke such emotions within me. I really want to go home. Tanya, Kyiv