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Witness 1.00ChernihivChernihiv43Fshelling, destroying homes, lack of food/waterA tour guide, co-owner of a cafe-bakeryUkrainianThe morning of February 24 began when the woman had been woken up by her husband with the words: "wake up, the war has begun..."
Back in the middle of February, the woman told her husband that perhaps it is necessary to leave the city, because it is very likely that there will be an attack. Chernihiv is a border regional center, and it is a direct route to Kyiv, so the city is under threat... But there was hope that it would pass somehow, and there was certainly no imagination that there would be a full-scale war and all this horror...
On February 21, they checked the bomb shelter in a Stalinist-type house built in 1954, so it was built according to the standards of that time with a real bomb shelter). They cleaned there, delivered some water, canned food. And that's when they put together an "anxiety backpack" just in case.
On February 24, around 7 a.m., she and her husband went to walk the streets of the city to see what was happening. Already on February 24, they heard the first explosions. However, in the apartment: lights, heating, Internet - everything worked, so they were watching the news.
On February 25, they already started going down to the shelter, and at the beginning of March, when Chernihiv was continuously bombed and shelled, they were there almost all the time... Soon the heating disappeared, then the light, communication, then water.
It was very memorable how on February 25, together with their neighbors, they loaded cartridges into the stores of military machine guns (before the war, the woman took courses on the ability to wield a pistol and a carbine, so she did this job skillfully), in the nearby bomb shelter they helped prepare Molotov cocktails...
The first days there was inner confidence that it would not last long, that everything would pass in a week, that the world would react quickly, that Putin would calm down, so, surprisingly, there was no panic: there was stress, she did not want to eat at all...During the first week, the woman noticeably lost weight...
The greatest despair came when, due to constant shelling, it was almost impossible to go outside, it was difficult to help someone: the transport did not run, it was dangerous to move on foot.
On March 10, perhaps from the cold, or perhaps from the crowding of people (they started to get sick in the bomb shelter), the woman also fell ill. And on March 13, she and her husband decided that the woman would leave Chernihiv. Her husband and mother stayed, and she went to Western Ukraine and stayed in the Ternopil region. She found refuge in a Catholic monastery. And this is a separate interesting story about life and people there.
The husband volunteered in Chernihiv - he helped both military and civilians.
On May 15, the woman returned to Chernihiv. She, relatives, friends - they all are in post-stress syndrome, all this is very much reflected in the psyche, memory, attention, behavior
Witness 1.01Kharkiv region, Chuguyiv district Poland, Gdansk44Moccupation, shelling, loss of loved onesworks as a cookUkrainianShe is looking for her husband - Mykhailo Hryhorovych Pavlenko, born in 1975, her son, Dmytro Mykhailovych Pavlenko, born in 1996, as well as her relative Aldokhin, Igor Mykolayovych, born in 1965. Stalnov Kostyantyn Oleksandrovych and Zubko Oleg Yuriyovych were kidnapped from this village on 04/13/2022. Russian soldiers forcibly took them from their country houses in Chuguyevsky district, Kharkiv region, putting sacks on their heads. The location of the men is unknown. They did not get in touch. It is not known why they were taken away. My husband, son and our relative Aldokhin Ihor carried products from Kharkiv to the summer association where there were approximately 200-250 people. Mrs. Larisa is in Poland, Gdansk, where she works as a cook in a restaurant. I am asking for publicity and help in the search for our relatives who were illegally taken to an unknown destination.
Witness 1.02DniproFrontlineN/AMshelling, battlefieldA journalist, soldier of the Armed ForcesUkrainianIn Donetsk region, the military organized a whole operation to provide assistance to a wounded dog. The dog came under fire from the Russians and could have died without specialized help. Ukrainian fighters saved the dog until they managed to evacuate it. In the rear, veterinarians were already saving the animal's life. A story about kindness and support in wartime
Witness 1.03DniproDnipro32FvolunteeringA managerUkrainian9 months before the war, a woman and her husband opened a farm near the Dnipro, where they look after animals, bred cattle, and made cheese. On February 24, they woke up from explosions, lost some animals, but were not going to go anywhere. The very next day, 16 people from Dnipro, Kharkiv and Mariupol lived in their estate. Then they began to bring different wild animals separately. Today, the family is part of a large project of a network of eco-villages. They took in more than 1,300 people and 900 animals, 280 of which stayed with them. They are glad that they can be useful, help and see children's smiles
Witness 1.04DniproDnipro52Mshelling, life savingA doctor, surgeonUkrainianThe man has a big experience working in the hospital, he saved the lives of many patients on the front line. On June 28, a bus of the Ukrainian volunteer medical battalion "Hospitaliers" was involved in a terrible accident. He collided with a military KRAZ. There were many doctors on the bus. Unfortunately, there are also victims. A young volunteer with the call sign "Austrian" died, having suffered a life-threatening head injury. The girl returned to Ukraine from Austria to save the wounded. Also, a traumatologist from Greece injured his hand, his hand was amputated. He will no longer be able to work in his profession. The anesthesiologist suffered severe leg injuries, it was the first day of her rotation. The entire crew is currently in medical facilities, and will undergo rehabilitation later.
Witness 1.05DniproDnipro29Mshelling, destruction of homesThe founder of the company for the production of transparent glazing systems "OKME Ukraine". Entrepreneur, investor.UkrainianSince the first days of the war, he has been helping the Ukrainian military with his own funds and with the funds of his business partners. He sends cars, body armor, helmets, goodies for soldiers, copters, generators, binoculars, sights to the front. In most cases, assistance goes to the 93rd separate mechanized brigade - "Kholodniy Yar" and to the intelligence of the 239th battalion. They will help rebuild accommodation in Chaplyno. After the rocket fire there, windows and panes were broken. Windows are now being installed in several apartments. And they also help a woman who took care of her 8 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Witness 1.06DniproDniproMdestruction of homesenglish09/11/2022 // 01:25 - I can be considered my second birthday. On this day, Russia decided to hit the Trinity market of the Dnipro. The market did not work for a year. At the time of the shelling, I was in my apartment, which is located 50 meters opposite the site of the explosion. I was sitting at the computer, and 1 wall saved my husband from the explosion. Windows were blown out to the right and left of the man. The man was contused and damaged by glass. The man is still in a state of shock. Alyona's girlfriend was in the toilet, she was lucky. The dog Rada got stuck in the closet. Miraculously, nothing happened to them except shock. Currently, all the help we have received is physical and material support from friends and our community. The man is grateful to everyone! But the house has no roof, and he lives on the top floor.
Witness 1.119DniproDniproFloss of loved ones, shellingShe is a teacher
Mechanical engineering vocational college
UkrainianShe is the wife of the deceased Azovstal soldier. She is looking for the body of her deceased husband. In the last transfer of bodies, her husband's DNA was not found.
Witness 1.122DniproDnipro34Fshelling, housing damageShe is an accountant, married, has a daughter.UkrainianThe woman's family was at home when the rocket exploded near their house at 100 Kalynova Street. The woman covered her daughter with her body. The shock wave broke all the windows in the house. The crater from the rocket was formed 20 meters from the house. The second rocket hit the building of the "Ukrtelecom" enterprise.
Witness 1.07Dnipropetrovsk regionDnipropetrovsk regionF loss of loved ones, destruction of homesof a boy who died under the rubble of a house hit by a rocket. The explosion occurred in the village of Chaplyno, Dnipropetrovsk region.UkrainianA woman is depressed. It was recommended not to disturb yet. However, it will be possible to leave the family later
Witness 1.08Donetsk region MariupolDnipro37Mshelling, capteringA servicemanUkrainianThe man and his family lived in Mariupol. When the war started, he joined the ranks of the Armed Forces. The couple has been married for a long time, they are raising a daughter, but when he was wounded in "Azovstal", he promised his wife to get married in the church. The man fulfilled his promise. In Dnipro, a serviceman entered into a church marriage with his wife. She and her daughter miraculously managed to get out of Mariupol. Both said goodbye to life more than once.
Witness 1.09Donetsk region, AvdiyivkaDnipro60Foccupation, shelling, loss of loved onesHe has an adult daughter - 27 years old, a son - 38 years old and a grandson - 10 years old. Plasterer painter.UkrainianShe and her family survived both the occupation in 2014 and the creation of the DPR. From February 24, 2022, the war came too close. Constant shelling and rocket attacks made life in Avdiivka impossible.Woman almost lost her son. There was a strong airstrike in Avdiivka - the boy was thrown back by the shock wave. The son received a severe concussion. Granddaughter began to lose consciousness from airstrikes. Woman made a decision to leave Avdiyivka. Now the family lives in a shelter in Dnipro. In Avdiivka, their house was bombed by the Russian military. family has nowhere to return.
Witness 1.10Donetsk region, BakhmutDnipro32Frussian rule, evacuationMother of two children (12 and 15 years old). She is a military officer "East".UkrainianShe - in 2018-2020 was in the war zone in the East of the country. She fought together with her husband. The war of 2022 caught the couple in Kyiv. husband and wife spent 5 days trying to get to Bakhmut because their children were there. husband Woman quietly went to the military commander and only then told his wife that he was being mobilised. “I couldn't do otherwise!” He considers Woman children his own and therefore feels that he must protect them.Before leaving, he bought the boys two crucifixnecklaces - as a memory and talisman from him. Woman is sick - she has liver cancer. In April, husband came under fire - he is considered either dead or missing. Nastya left for Dnipro together with the kids. They are currently living in a shelter. She has no money or treatment. She is looking for her husband.She sent her children to school, but the lessons are fully online. She helps in the shelter in the kitchen whenever she has the strength.
Witness 1.11Donetsk region, KostyantynivkaDniproN/AFshelling, injuriesA master of folk art, translator. She takes care of her friend who lost a leg at the train station in Kramatorsk train station on April 8UkrainianThe woman is twice immigrant. She left the Donetsk region in 2014 for Kostiantynivka, when she was pregnant with her first child. But after the February bombings of 2022, she moved with her family to another city. April 8, 2022, the woman remembered forever. She was translating a colleague's book, at that moment a colleague was at the train station in Kramatorsk guarding the belongings of the boy they were transporting to safety. The boy entered the station, the woman remained on the street and came under fire. As a result, she lost one leg, the other doctors are trying to save. The woman underwent many surgeries.
Witness 1.12Donetsk region, KramatorskDnipro19FinjuriesA student from KramatorskTBCShe is currently receiving medical treatment in Dnipro. Barely surviving the tragic explosions at Kramatorsk railway station, a 19-year-old girl from Donetsk is raising funds for prosthetics of her left leg, which she lost after a rocket attack. She dreamed of becoming an actress, but on April 8 her life was divided into "before and after". That day a Russian missile killed 52 people and injured about 100 others. Due to the injury, she lost a lot of blood and suffered severe leg injuries. Doctors tried to save the limb, but after the surgery the girl was in a coma. She was rescued, but her leg had to be amputated. She is currently preparing for a trip to Germany for prosthetics.
Witness 1.13Donetsk region, KramatorskDniproN/AFshelling, injuriesA writer, author of a blog about animalsUkrainianOn April 8, a woman and her husband had to take their eldest daughter's boyfriend on the evacuation train at the station in Kramatorsk.
A woman stood in line at the platform. The husband, daughter and boyfriend were waiting in the car near the station. Several powerful explosions occured. The Russian Federation carried out an attack on the railway station in Kramatorsk, as a result of which 57 people died, including 5 children, and 114 people were injured. Yuli's legs and arm were crushed by shrapnel. The woman gave herself first aid, pulled her sweater over her injured leg to stop the bleeding, and this saved her life. However, one leg and a finger on the woman's hand were amputated.
Witness 1.14Donetsk region, KramatorskFrontline50Fshelling, battlefieldA teacher of English, liaison officer at the frontEnglishWhen the full-scale war began on February 24, the woman and her husband went to the "Donbas" battalion, which is the National Guard of Ukraine. There they were told that the man would be taken, but the woman would not. When she talked with the combatant, showed her UBD (status of a participant in hostilities), she was hired as a "business manager". Currently, the woman performs the duties of a liaison officer, has already left for combat missions. The woman's husband died on April 6. According to the woman, he was standing in Popasnaya, where artillery fired 24/7. There are many Ukrainian prisoners and missing persons in those regions. The military calls Popasna the city of death. Due to the death of people dear to her, she is trying to spread information about the war in English on social networks. The woman wants people from all over the world to read and understand the situation in Ukraine and who the Russians are. The woman has photos of her students on her phone. She keeps them. Sometimes she looks at them - and it becomes easier. "We are fighting for them here."
Witness 1.15Donetsk region, KramatorskDnipro32Mshelling, destruction of homesShe was born September 10, 1990 in the city of Kramatorsk, where she lived until mid-April 2022. Psychologist by profession, mother of an 8-year-old son.UkrainianHe is a psychologist by profession, works at the state rehabilitation center for persons with disabilities "Donbas", currently manages a children's rehabilitation center for children of internally displaced persons and children of military personnel. They left Kramatorsk in March. Anastasia's father went to defend Ukraine. Anastasia and her husband decided to help families with children with disabilities in Kramatorsk. It was because of this that they did not want to leave for a long time, but the bombing of the Russian military intensified in Kramatorsk. Anastasia and her husband decided to go to the Dnipro. They planned to continue helping the people who remained in Kramatorsk. These were children with disabilities, adults who had health problems and lonely elderly people. They gave them humanitarian aid in evacuation buses. It took almost 14 hours to get to the Dnipro. In peacetime, this road took 2.5 hours. They took Anastasia's mother, 2 cats and a dog with them. Later, the mother-in-law was taken from Kramatorsk. The man's grandmother was killed by an enemy missile at the beginning of the war. Her family cannot bury her because she is in the occupied territory.
Witness 1.16Donetsk region, MariupolGermany42Fshelling, occupationA cultural manager, author of the initiative project related to Mariupol. Founder of one cultural companyTBCShe and her husbund have been volunteers in Mariupol since the 24th of February 2022. Before the beginning of powerful fighting which has destroyed the town, she used to go live for the European media in English. She appealed for the aid and evacuation. She, her husband, relatives and friends together with 20 cats has left Mariupol across russian troops borders. They fled under fire. Currently she is setting up protests and rallies across Europe for the support of Ukraine. YES
Witness 1.17Donetsk region, MariupolDnipro44Mloss of loved ones, destruction of homes, lack of food/water, volunteering, filtration campA priest TBCThe man is a priest from Mariupol, who set up headquarter for people at the school. He and his family lived in the occupied hometown for two months. The man rallied people, got food, and even organized a library for children who read books when the shelling continued outside the walls. One of the school became a refuge center for the community. There 200 adults, 80 children - 20 of them - babies were living. Thanks to him and the volunteers, people had food and cooked on the fire. However, food and water supplies were dwindling. The city was left without gas, electricity and communications. The man managed to evacuate many people from the occupied city. Very soon Russian soldiers began releasing people from the city only through filtration camps, and the priest was included in the lists of "activists" for execution. His house, which the priest built himself and the church were destroyed. The priest has been serving in one of Dnipro churches for two months. His mother did not want to leave, she had no idea how to leave home. The woman was killed by a shell fragment. The priest's mother was buried in her own garden, near the cherry tree she loved so much.
Witness 1.18Donetsk region, MariupolPoland39Flack of food/water, destruction of homesA journalist of Mariupol TV channel. Mother of two sonsUkrainianThe woman had been living for a month in occupied Mariupol. The woman took turns with her husband to search for food in the city. Several times such raids nearly cost her life. The city was constantly attacked from the air. The wholesale market, where the woman wanted to buy potatoes and barely reached, was on fire after the bombing. The smell of burnt potatoes could be heard from afar. A woman saw the bodies of murdered people on the streets. Several times shell fragments hit her house. Completely smashed the car. She postponed the evacuation for a long time because her mother has sore legs, and her mother-in-law fell and broke her femoral neck. One day she went on foot with her sons to Mangush. Then there were Mangush, Berdyansk, Zaporozhye, Lviv and Poland.
Witness 1.19Donetsk region, MariupolWest Ukraine45Flack of food/water, destruction of homesAn accountant of one of the enterprises of Mariupol, she has a sonTBCThe woman had been living in Mariupol. A shell hit the house where her family lived. The family moved to a bomb shelter located at AZOVSTAL. The Russians bombed the plant every day. People in the bomb shelter were cooking on the fire and were waiting to be evacuated. Green corridors for evacuation were not given for a long time. Her husband repaired the car and the family left Mariupol for Dnipro under fire. Her son Andriy rememberes that when they left the AZOVSTALI bomb shelter, many of their neighbors, parents with young children, remained there.
Witness 1.20Donetsk region, MariupolDnipro35Flack of food/water, destruction of homesA housewife, mother of two children. She took her sick father out of MariupolTBCThe husband of the woman is fighting for Ukraine. He is a soldier of the Armed Forces. She is now in Dnipro. The woman got there for ten days from Mariupol. The woman says she was in hell. Her daughter did not leave the basement for more than ten days. The child was afraid, she was convinced that this was the safest place. Her little son did not want to go to the basement. It's dark and scary there. He wanted sun and air. Her father was walking under fire and looking for water for the children. Shells flew over their house. The woman and her children felt the coldness almost always. They were able to keep warm only when they arrived in a small village near Mariupol. There they were given a room in the office. It had a light and a heater.
Witness 1.21Donetsk region, MariupolPoland17Fdeported to Russia, filtration campA musician, she plays the bandura. The girl is a former school president, poetUkrainianBefore the war, 17-year-old girl lived with her family in Mariupol, she was the president of the school, learned to play the bandura, and went to church with her parents. However, on February 24, with the start of Russia's large-scale war against Ukraine, everything changed - the family was under siege, without water, food or medicine. Her family left Mariupol. Along the way, they survived the occupation and the filtration camp. The girl's father was nearly killed in a filtration camp.
Witness 1.22Donetsk region, MariupolLithuania48Floss of loved ones, Russian ruleA regional journalist of one of the popular Ukrainian TV ChannelUkrainianAll her life the woman lived in Mariupol. The whole country knows her reports. The woman and her family found themselves under occupation ... The city was mercilessly bombed. And day and night. She saw human bodies scattered on the streets of the city. Relatives were not able to bury them because in order to get to the body they had to go under the bullets. The woman publishes stories about the Mariupol tragedy on her Facebook page. Here is one of them: Terrible history of Mariupol. About the death of a little blue-eyed girl under fire. And her mother, who could not bury her. Because she was wounded and unconscious. Doctors fought for the mother's life, and the baby's body lay in the car for more than a week. Due to the constant shelling people could not bury girl's body.
Witness 1.23Donetsk region, MariupolZaporizhzhyaN/AMoccupation, shelling, loss of loved ones, filtration campA cameraman of one of the popular Ukrainian TV ChannelTBCThe man lived in Mariupol, tried to leave the town for a month. Living conditions were unbearable - due to the constant shelling there were no windows and doors in the house, there were corpses of neighbors, whom no one had to pick up and bury. He managed to leave with his daughter and granddaughter, and even took a parrot with him through 20 checkpoints and a filtration camp. Now he is in Zaporizhzhya. The parrot was silent for a long time, and recently spoke - saying: "Do not be sad - all life is ahead."
Witness 1.24Donetsk region, MariupolLithuaniaN/AFoccupation, shelling, loss of loved onesAn actress of a theatreTBCThe woman left Mariupol and went through Russia, she was kept on the border with the DNR. Then she fled to Lithuania. The actress lived in occupied Mariupol for a month, she saw the shelling and genocide of the Ukrainian people, the atrocities of street fights and the death of friends.
Witness 1.25Donetsk region, MariupolLvivN/AFprohibited shells, lack of food/waterAn ultrasound specialist TBCThe woman has two older children who live in Kharkiv and Lviv. She fled Mariupol on the 15th of March after her house has been hit by supposing phosphorus shells. She saw with her own eyes how Russian- Chechen troops robbing and looting in Mariupol. The woman and her husband, who worked as a pediatrician, lived in Mariupol in the "Stalinka", a house with strong walls and a reliable bomb shelter, where people from all neighboring houses gathered. One day the shell hit the basement, which was on fire just above the bomb shelter. The rocket glowed green, suggesting a phosphorous missile. Military units of Kadyrov’s force had entered the city and began looting immediately. They knocked on the doors to empty apartments and just robbed. The family fled the city on the 15th of March, refusing to move to the Drama Theater, which was later destroyed.
Witness 1.26Donetsk region, MariupolDnipro50Mshelling, occupation, killings of civilianceA man 20 years had worked as an assistant locomotive driverRussianThe man has been living in Mariupol for 20 years. When the shelling began, we had to cook on the street with his neighbors. He just went to spend the night in the apartment. The man saw how DNR separatists looted the abandoned apartments. They looked for warm things and took away valuables. The man witnessed street fights and how people were just shot in the yards. He set himself the goal of surviving. He managed to leave after a month of occupation. Now he is in Dnipro.
Witness 1.27Donetsk region, MariupolLviv43Mshelling, volunteeringA cultural manager, co-founder of the cultural companyTBCThe man barely escaped from the occupied city with his wife and cats. Then the man returned to his parents. He traveled many times to Mariupol and helped take people to Zaporizhya.
Witness 1.28Donetsk region, MariupolCherkasyN/AMshellingA public health enterprise CEO, teacher in school of entrepreneurs, father of two childrenTBCThe man managed to evacuate his family from Mariupol on 17th of March. He was lucky to survive although fleeing with no green corridor. He returned the day before the war from a skiing holiday. They lived without communication and communications under constant fire. On March 17, he and his family left Mariupol because Russian soldiers began entering the city. They drove without an evacuation corridor.
Witness 1.29Donetsk region, MariupolZakarpattya regionN/AMshelling, loss of loved ones, destruction of homes, evacuation, lack of food and waterA director of a large chain of storesRussianThe man organized a shelter in the office for 25 families of employees of one Mariupol store line. For 25 days, together with their families, employees the company lived under occupation under shelling and merciless bombing of the city.
Water for washing one's head and shaving was taken from puddles and melted snow. The manager of the store and her daughter died when they were drawing water near the well. The man tried to film the crimes on his phone - the shootings outside their office, his own house being bombed, the shop being smashed.
He organized a departure from the city. Formed a convoy of 10 cars. The people of DNR and the Russians took the car of the company, checked all the cars at each checkpoint. Miraculously, the man managed to take his family and employees from Mariupol to Ukrainian territory.
Witness 1.30Donetsk region, MariupolLutsk39Mshelling, loss of loved ones, destruction of homes, evacuation, lack of food and waterA father of 3 children. Regional representative of the company selling household chemicalsRussianOn the 24th of Febryary he was supposed to go on a business trip to Volnovakha. He went and returned - because of Russia attack. The bombing was started. A missile fell near his car on his way back. He looked for food, cooked on a campfire with his neighbors. Very often there were stories that people died while preparing food outside, because shells flew by. His wife had a warehouse with sausages, she brought sausages by car for neighbors to share, but when the missile attack occured, she was hit by debris, and the car with sausages was crushed. The woman almost died. The children aged 15, 10 and 7 lived with their mother in the corridor of the apartment together with the godfather's three children. He took care of his neighbors - he took the wounded to the hospital, looked for water. He saw a shell landed near the well of the Bread Plant - seven people were killed there. He drove around the city to visit relatives, carried food and checked whether they were alive, every time under airstrikes. The family left Mariupol on 17th of Mach. They crossed the road blocked by heavy cars. They saw the road strewn with the corpses of people whom no one had to bury. They reached Mangush, crossed 20 DNR checkpoints. One Chechen said - "in three days, Zaporizhzhia will be Russian." He hid his phone, showed another broken one at roadblocks. In Tokmak, someone shared 10 liters of diesel, volunteers fed ordinary Ukrainians, offered overnight accommodation and showers for free. In Dnipro they lived in the shelter of the recreation center. Then they left for Lutsk. Children get therapy with a psychologist. The man cries while telling all this. His parents are still in Mariupol - his mother wants to leave, looking for ways to escape. She says that the Chechens took over her son apartment - they lived there for a long time - they smashed everything.
Witness 1.31Donetsk region, MariupolWestern Ukraine42Fshelling, destruction of homes, lack of food/waterA supervisor of a company in Donetsk regionRussianThe woman moved to Mariupol 2.5 years ago for work. She comes from the Dnipropetrovsk region. In December 2021 a woman bought an apartment in Mariupol. From the first days of the war, there was no light in the area of ​​the city where she lived. The heating also did not work. The woman slept the first nights in the corridor, then moved to the office, and did not leave it until she left. There were 9 people and a dog. Everyone brought some food, the first night they slept simply on the tiled floor with cardboard boxes spread over. The next day they brought inflatable beach mattresses, blankets, and pillows. In the first days, rockets hit an apartment building, a bazaar, a kindergarten, and a school. Power lines, fallen poles, glass, and debris of buildings lay all around. On March 5, the telephone connection and the Internet disappeared completely. They shot non-stop. It was not possible to leave. During the entire time, they were brought bread and water only once. On March 8, it snowed, people collected it in garbage bags, then burned it on fire. One day, the woman found out that her apartment was no longer available.
It was very difficult and scary. The house opposite was fired upon several times. The dead woman lay on the street for 3 days until it calmed down a bit and they could carry her away and dig her up. Hungry animals ran with human limbs. Bombs were repeatedly dropped from the plane in places where people were collecting water. Our children believed in God and learned to pray. They said them when it was very scary. Especially at night. The most terrible night was from March 20 to 21. They were shelling so much that they thought they would not live to see the morning. Then we decided to try to leave. The whole road was broken, mined, dead people were lying right on the road. They left through Azovstal. The heart was filled with blood when they saw with their own eyes what happened to the plant. It was destroyed. Still, we managed to break through and we covered the road to Zaporizhzhia, which is 2.5 hours, in 3 days. Everyone felt that longed-for relief and security.
Witness 1.32Donetsk region, MariupolDnipropetrovsk region37Fshelling, destruction of homes, lack of food/waterA mother of 6yo daughter RussianThe war began with explosions and the active movement of Ukrainian military equipment through the city. The woman saw that many people were leaving the city in panic. Long queues in shops, pharmacies, near ATMs. But they did not plan to leave immediately. They thought that it would be like in 2015. They shoot and that's it. Then the shelling became more frequent and stronger. The woman's family moved to the office, where there were three other families with children. There were three children in total, 12, 10 and 6 years old. First, the light went out, the temperature in the room was +4 degrees. A woman washed her head only once a month, when it snowed and she managed to boil it in a saucepan. Food was cooked on firewood. It was a great happiness to buy chicken necks somewhere. Water was drunk from batteries and boilers. It was scary to go out to cook food yard, because they could die. Thirteen people died in the neighboring yard during an aerial attack by Russian aircraft. When the Internet appeared on March 15, they read the news, understood all the horror, and decided to leave the city. But they could not leave for a week due to constant shelling. On March 21, they dared. That day, the woman's daughter was very frightened when an explosion rang out near the office premises where they lived. It was very scary to drive. On the way to the center of Mariupol, many bodies of murdered people were seen. More than 10 checkpoints were passed along the road. The Russians carefully checked each of them - looked at phones, forced the men to undress. Now the woman says that she knows those who are returning to Mariupol, as their houses have survived there.
Witness 1.33Donetsk region, MariupolItaly, Milan50, 76Fshelling, destroying homes, lack of food/water, filtration campAn activist and a pensioneerUkrainian, Italian, EnglishFor the woman, who lives in Italy, the war started back in 2014, and she had a hard time experiencing the annexation of Crimea and the invasion of Donbas. Her childhood and best memories passed in Donbas. Her grandmother and the whole village (40/60 km from the city of Donetsk) spoke only Ukrainian.
In Italy, they started talking about war from the end of January to the beginning of February. The woman begged her mother, who lived in Mariupol, to come to them, but her brother, who lives in Irpin, said that the "bourgeois are pushing" everything. The woman had no contact with her mother almost since 24th of February. Her brother contacted her once a day, and then passed the information. On March 5, when the first green corridor was to be opened,
mother said that she would not be able to reach it, because it was too far. The last phrase her mother said that day was “You have no idea what hell is here! It is impossible to go anywhere! After that, the woman did not hear from her mother for 2 months. There were long days of waiting when the woman felt as if she had died inside. She could not communicate with anyone, even with the closest people. Laughter and beauty around caused physical pain. On April 22, the woman was informed that there was a call from her mother's phone. There was hope that it was her mother. Volunteers who fed old people in filtration camps filmed a video. This is how the woman found her mother. Mom went through two filtration camps, in Donetsk and Taganrog. Then the woman contacted her mother and gave step-by-step advice on what she needed to do to leave Russia.
Mom was one of the last people in the area who stayed until the last one. Everything around was bombed. Mom lived on the first floor and there was a basement where she hid.
Witness 1.34Donetsk region, MariupolDnipro40Mshelling, volunteeringA head of the law department of one of the banks, he has opened a coffee shop in DniproUkrainianThe man volunteered since 2014: he helped the military, doctors on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, organized many cultural and educational projects projects. On February 27, he left Mariupol and took his family to a safe place. Since March 20, in Dnipro, where, together with chaplains from Mariupol, they created a humanitarian Hub for refugees. Here, 2,500+ refugees are provided with assistance every day: food, medicine, hygiene products, clothes. From May 3, 2022, he began to create a center for social and psychological rehabilitation of refugees. He has opened a social business - Cafe.
Witness 1.35Donetsk region, MariupolKyiv31Fshelling, destroying homes, lack of food/waterA manager, mother of one childRussianShe felt the hostilities from the first day. The family lives near the airport, so they woke up when a rocket hit the air defense unit. There were several more strikes during the day. And from February 28, real hell began. Mobile communications and lights were turned off, radio waves were silenced, and houses were shelled. The air defense didn't work, so people didn't even know when to run for shelter. On March 2, the water supply disappeared, a little later the gas was turned off, cooking was done on a bonfire, no one brought water, so they collected rainwater and walked under shelling in search of water. In her area, three large stores were hit by shells, and people died. Warehouses were destroyed, nothing new was imported, the city was in a ring. Pharmacies were looted by looters. There were no rescuers, no police. On March 4, a shell hit our street, it was very scary, there were street skirmishes and airstrikes began, which did not stop around the clock. A woman with her husband and child were leaving under shelling in the 20th of March, it became very scary. At the checkpoints, the Russian occupiers wanted to take the woman's car. They miraculously managed to "come to an agreement". They drove about 250 km to Zaporizhzhia for 12 hours, passing a huge number of Russian checkpoints, at each they stopped and inspected the car and documents, scaring us with the fact that we did not have anything prohibited, otherwise we would be detained.
Parents stayed in the city, since many neighbors left their old people, they had to take care of and feed everyone. In April, the father died from shrapnel wounds. A dog and a cat also died. They were buried at the yard. Now her mother and grandmother, who is 87 years old, are left in the city. They do not have normal food, water and medicine. Getting to the city to take them out - no options. It is also impossible to get a job there without documents that were partially destroyed in the city. They also cannot afford to rent housing. The child is still frightened, when he hears a siren he gets scared, cries and asks to be close to him and calm him down.
Witness 1.36Donetsk region, MariupolKremenchuh39FshellingA leading sales managerOne day, a shell flew through the window of the apartment, almost hitting her son. The old mother did not go down to the basement. On the morning of March 4, rockets destroyed 4-5 floors of the five-story houses opposite. Houses were burning. A woman with her son and her mother were also in the apartment because the elderly mother hardly walks and there was no way to go down to the basement. There was no communication and they did not know what was happening in the country. The worst was when the planes were bombed from the air. When the plane flew, everyone hid. They lived very close to Azovstal. They saw and heard how the planes were bombed every day and the artillery was working. Sometimes they couldn't go out all day to even heat water. Then they found fire hydrants and drank water from there, then from the battery. She wanted to drink very much, more than to eat. The woman tried not to eat so that there would be more food left for mother and son. It was scary to think how long they would be here and whether there would be anything to eat. The woman and her colleagues were planning to leave, but they did not understand where and how to do it because there was no information. Mobile communication has not worked since March 2. They understood that the chances were decreasing every day, because shells were constantly flying into the parking lot where the cars were, two cars were smashed, two were damaged. They shot every day, almost non-stop. Almost all the houses nearby have already been destroyed. One day, they learned that a five-story building nearby had been destroyed by a rocket, and there were people and children under the rubble. Bodies were lying almost everywhere. They planned to leave for almost two weeks, but could not go because they were constantly shooting. They did not know where to go, sometimes they received text messages from the State Emergency Service where they wrote that there is a corridor to Zaporizhzhia, but it is from the right bank. And the one who was on the left bank was cut off from the city.

The worst was when the planes were bombed from the air.
When the plane flew, everyone hid.
They lived very close to Azovstal. They saw and heard how the planes were bombed every day and the artillery was working.
Witness 1.37Donetsk region, MariupolZaporizhzhia42Mrussian rule, evacuationPresident of Mariupol TelevisionUkrainianHe lived in occupied Mariupol for three weeks. Organized life for the whole house. Mykola Osychenko is a journalist who filmed everything that happened around him. Miraculously left the occupied city. Currently, Rynat Akhmetov is leading the project called "Voices of the Peaceful". He works as a documentarian and makes silent films about the people of Mariupol.
Witness 1.38Donetsk region, Mariupol Rivno/ Sarny44Fshelling, occupationA mother of two children, an organizer of festivalsTBCShe spent terrible days in Mariupol. She took her family out under the bombing. The woman could not persuade her mother to leave the city. YES
Witness 1.39Donetsk region, Novobakhmutivka, Yasinovatsky districtDnipro40Floss of loved ones, destruction of homesA mother of three children, a cookTBCThe woman is a mother of three children. In 2014, due to a Russian attack and the occupation of the village of Yasynuvata, a woman was forced to flee to her parents in the village of Novobakhmutivka, Yasynovata district, Donetsk region. There she began a new life. She remarried and had two more children. On February 24, 2022, the war broke into her life again. The family house was bombed by enemy shells, and the family left the Donetsk region for the Dnipro under fire. The woman lost the whole household, the house built with her husband. Her friends died. Psychologists are working with the woman and her children. The most difficult is to overcome post-traumatic syndrome for her eldest daughter, she is 14 years old.
Witness 1.40Donetsk region, VolnovahaDniproN/AM+Mshelling, destruction of homesMen are childhood friends who married sisters. They had to flee the war twiceRussianVolnovakha, Volodymyrivka, then Pokrovsk and Dnipro. In this way these men took their families to safety - feeling like they were catching up with the war. The and his family lived in Volnovakha when the shelling of the city began."Everything was shaking, the windows were falling. My child is three years old, we sat in the basement all night," says the man. He took the family to his friend's house, 20 km from Volnovakha, to Volodymyrivka, where no shots had been for tham moment. Then the situation turned worse. They decided to leave. Thet went to Pokrovsk. They were afraid of every sound for 4-5 days. Two families now live in Dnipro. They are trying to keep in touch with those who stayed at home. These are parents, neighbors. They say many civilians have been killed. They have been buried in a field where people used to plant onions.
Witness 1.41Donetsk region, VolnovahaDniproFloss of loved onesUkrainianShe lost her husband, daughter, and was injured along with a small child.
Witness 1.42KharkivDnipro26Mdestruction of homes, volunteeringA bartender and English teacherEnglishHe spent several weeks in the basement of his house in Kharkiv. His family left Kharkiv when it understood that any new shelling could be the last one. They moved to Dnipro. He started looking for any job. He was helping to meet the "newcomers" and explained to them how everything is organised - meal, working hours of the headquarters, leisure time for children (art therapy, excursions). He is providing refugees with help related to settlement, food and health care. Photo / VideoYES
Witness 1.43KharkivDnipro47MvolunteeringA priest and a father of many childrenTBCThe priest and director of the Charity Center organized the evacuation of children from the hotspots to the shelter in the village under the bullets. During the two months of the war he went to hot spots several times a week, gathered people and took them to the Dnipro. He managed to save a boy who was twice abandoned by his parents. The first time at birth, and the second time - foster parents. Before being evacuated from the city, the boy's adoptive parents decided to simply hand the boy over to the police and flee the war without him. The priest not only saved the boy from the war, he managed to find a new family for the boy.
Witness 1.44KharkivLviv53Foccupation, destruction of homesAn associate Professor at the University. The woman's family lived in Dergachi, small town not far from Kharkiv. Their house is not damaged. There are only 5 holes in the roof from the fragments. Mom, 87, and dad, 88, flatly refused to evacuate, now they are home. This town is 10 km north of Kharkiv. Now some villages of Dergachi community are still under occupation. She and her 10-year-old daughter are in Lviv now.
Witness 1.45KharkivLvivN/AMshelling, destruction of homes, lack of food/waterA Head of the Department at the UniversityUkrainianThe man lived in Pivnichna Saltivka, Kharkiv district. The residents of his house, he and his family, about 70 people, sat in the basement for almost a week. They had no food and water. Rescuers helped them. He is currently in the Lviv region.
Witness 1.46KharkivKharkivN/AMshelling, destruction of homes, lack of food/waterAn Associate Professor at the UniversityUkrainianOn the eve of the war, on February 23, the man felt anxious, which he could not explain. A few hours later he heard a roar. Friends started calling. Everyone said that the war had begun. Several days before in his house came his wife's aunt. She is from the village of Zhukovsky, where intense fighting has already taken place. The next day the transport stopped going. There were long queues for food and medicine on the streets. It took several hours to stand in the cold to buy what you needed. His family survived several air raids. The wife was very frightened, she often cried, and the husband had to encourage everyone. When free evacuation trains began to run, the man decided to send his family to the West. The problem was getting to the station. Public transport did not work, private carriers offered their services at inflated prices - from 3 to 7 thousand per person. A distant relative helped. On March 5, the women and children left. The women arrived in Lviv, and then spent a day on the border with Poland. The house where he stayed was cut off due to constant shelling. The man spent several days searching for water, standing in line near the column. Then the water supply was restored. One day the light and communication disappeared due to the explosion. During first month of the war he kept footage of afterbombing ruins.
Witness 1.47KharkivLvivN/AFshellingAn enterpreneur, owner of a cafe in Kharkiv, now it is destroyed TBCShe managed to escape the city under shelling. She spent a part of war in basement hiding from air missiles. When her house was eventually hit by shelling, she packed up and left the city. It took her 4 days to get to a safe place in West of Ukraine, they spent several nights in a car because all the hotels were overcrowded. Her family was left homeless and the Russian occupiers destroyed her business. Recently her grandfather died in sieged Mariupol because he couldn't get insulin.
Witness 1.48KharkivDnipro29Fshelling, volunteeringAn artist-trainer of a circus companyUkrainian, EnglishThe woman originally comes from Luhansk. She lived in circus hotels for 8 years, moving from one city to another. At the beginning of the war, she was on tour in the city of Kharkiv.
On February 24, at 5 a.m., a husband woke her up and said that the war had begun. The man decided to take the woman to her parents. The woman decided that she would not go anywhere without animals. The man volunteered on the 2nd day of the war. The first time they saw each other almost 2 months later. They lowered food, water, blankets, and lanterns into the basement of the circus. Carriers were prepared for the animals (6 dogs, 4 raccoons, a raccoon, a fox, 5 rabbits, and 10 pigeons). Then they brought 9 more dogs in a difficult condition, because they were in a very dangerous area and people could not always feed them. It was very scary that there would not be enough fodder for the animals. On March 5, the woman decided that it was necessary to take out the animals. She searched for a long time for someone who could help. Later, 40 animals were taken to the city of Dnipro.
Witness 1.49KharkivRivne61FvolunteeringA former engineer, volunteerUkrainianThe war for the woman's family began back in 2014. Then her whole family actively helped the soldiers - they volunteered: they collected and sent things to the front, baked goodies. On February 24, 2022, they woke up from explosions. The husband, who is 65 years old, and who is Russian by nationality, he came from the Far East, immediately said that he would volunteer for the National Guard. The woman and her son's family left for Rivne. There, she goes to the volunteer center every day as if to work. At first, people brought what they had there - products, clothes. Then aid began to arrive from abroad. It had to be sorted and sent according to requests. Many people came to this center to work for free - from Kyiv, Irpin, Kharkiv, Popasna. People with different destinies, ages, professions, positions (there is even a deputy and a local official), but everyone worked harmoniously, as a group, selflessly, regardless of status. The atmosphere there is very good. The woman is joking - "we didn't even need a psychologist. We helped each other with kind words and jokes". When the parcels were sorted and packed for Kharkiv, the woman secretly cried when she signed them. There is a team of doctors who help collect first-aid kits in their spare time. The woman's son helps to volunteer, attracts help from abroad. The whole family works for the victory of Ukraine. They stopped communicating with their relatives from the Russian Federation.
Witness 1.50KharkivLviv45FshellingA businesswoman, a mother of two children (a son 20yo, a daughter 16 yo)UkrainianThe woman and her family left Kharkiv on February 27. Life on wheels, like most now. Her son is 20, and her daughter does not want to leave Ukraine, she is 16 years old. Now they are trying to start a business in a new place, they relocated, but hesitated for a long time. The family lives in an nephews' apartment. One family from Saltivka (the most shelled district of Kharkiv) now lives in their house near Kharkiv.
Witness 1.51KharkivKharkiv38Mshelling, destroying homesA doctor of veterinary medicineRussianThe man met the war in his bed. Around six in the morning, he was woken up by his frightened mother, who quietly said "war". At first he didn't believe it, and looking out the window into the dark morning sky, he said "it must be fireworks." But in a few minutes he heard the thunder from the Russian artillery. He spent the first weeks of the war in the basement of the house. At first there was light, water and heating in the houses. On March 5, there was very heavy shelling and bombing. The whistling of Russian planes could be heard even in the basement. Then the missile hit the house. Many people left. The people who stayed exchanged phone numbers. The man's parents hid in the subway for a week. The man did not want to leave the city, he did not understand why. The man did not want his apartment to be robbed or set on fire. Life has changed little for him. He says he didn't start shaking at every sound. It is not difficult for him to be in conditions of uncertainty. He realized for himself that he could continue to live in the basement, despite the inconvenience. And can remain a human being at the same time.
Witness 1.52KharkivDnipro50MvolunteeringA magician, married, father of two childrenEnglishThey lived in Kharkiv for a week, saw Russian tanks entering the city, heard explosions, saw rockets flying by at the level of their 16th floor. When the city began to be bombed by aircraft, the man decided to evacuate his family. They left for Dnipro. The man is a magician-illusionist by profession. With his friends, "hospital clowns", he began to perform in shelters for displaced persons. He didn't have the equipment for the show program, he made it from what a friend gave him and created his own program for 45 minutes. Healing by magic is needed by everyone, and those who see the show and the illusionist himself, who helps to disconnect a little from the war.
Witness 1.53KharkivDnipro40MevacuationA father of two childrenRussianThe man had a sewing workshop in Lysychansk. He collected the workers and moved them to the Dnipro. They used to sew children's clothes, now they sew military ammunition.
Witness 1.54KharkivDnipro36Fevacuation, volunteeringA mother of two children, an animal rights activistRussianThe woman left Kharkiv, took 5 cats. She lived in a shelter in Dnipro, and was so impressed by the problems of the displaced that she started helping herself. He is currently looking for housing for those who the shelter can no longer keep, because the shelters are closing down.
Witness 1.55KharkivDniproN/AMshelling, evacuationA restaurateurRussianThe man had his own business, he lost everything because of the war. The man opened his cafe in Dnipro. He hired immigrants.
Witness 1.56KharkivGermany39Fshelling, evacuationA lawyer, mother of 18 yo sonUkrainianOn February 24, the woman woke up around five in the morning from loud explosions. She and her son started collecting things chaotically. Staying at home was dangerous because they lived in an area close to the border. They took documents, some things, a dog and went to another part of the city. They spent two weeks in the basement. The area where they were located was constantly shelled, planes were flying. It was very scary. Then they decided to leave the city. The most difficult thing was to leave the dog with friends in the city of Dnipro, because they were going into the unknown, the road was very difficult. Returning home is still impossible.
Witness 1.57KharkivIzyum, Balakleya, KupyanskFHe travels to the de-occupied territories - brings food to the people, helps the militaryShe is a volunteer from Kharkiv. UkrainianShe is a zoo volunteer. She and her team travel around the towns and villages of the Kharkiv region and deliver humanitarian aid. The woman was in Izyum and in Balaklea. He sees with his own eyes all the destruction of the raschits. Communicates with people whose stories are pure horrors. She knows a priest whose 19-year-old daughter was tortured by the Rashists in the basement, miraculously the priest freed the child from captivity. Lyuba knows about 13 children who were taken to Russia. There is no information about children for more than 3 months. The woman comes across feral dogs that multiply uncontrollably and feed on unburied human corpses. The woman continues to provide assistance in the form of humanitarian assistance to the needy in the liberated territories. He calls the situation in the Kharkiv region a humanitarian disaster.
Witness 1.58KharkivDnipro32Fshelling, destruction of homesShe is an artist, illustrator, sculptor and performer. She was born in the city of Kharkiv. Graduated from the Kharkiv State Academy of Design and Arts.UkrainianParticipant of collective projects of the Union of Ukrainian Artists Abroad and international art festivals. Curator and artist of numerous exhibitions and creative events in Kharkiv, Dnipro and other cities of Ukraine. He is an ideologist, curator and participant of the installation exhibition "Labyrinth HudpromLoft". Nina Ezhik's works are kept in private collections of Ukraine and the world. Since the beginning of the full-scale war, she moved to the city of Dnipro. The girl was leaving her district under shelling. She created her own series of works about war - an animated image of the Fox defending Ukraine in the image of a warrior, mother, volunteer, and other heroes. He is currently performing poetic performances in Dnipro.
Witness 1.59Kharkiv region, Kupyansk UkrainianHer husband was caught by the Russians on the street and put "in the basement."
Witness 1.60Kharkiv region, TsirkunyDnipro20Foccupation, shelling, loss of loved onesHer family is from Dnipropetrovsk Region, Synelnik District, Chaplyne village. Her brother got married 2 years ago and moved to Tsirkuny. My brother raised his son Zakhar on 09/22/2020. And he lives without his dad for half a year.UkrainianShe has a brother, his name is Zamkovy Vadim Olegovich, 12/22/1986. He is a civilian. He lived in the village of Tsyrkuny in the Kharkiv region, Kharkiv district. From February 24, the village was occupied by the Russian military. My brother's family could not leave. 03/30/2022 Dasha's brother, their relative and two neighbors were kidnapped by Russian troops. The men were taken to an unknown destination. On August 2, Dasha found out that her brother was in captivity.
Witness 1.61Kharkiv region, TsyrkunyTsyrkuny46+43M+Fshelling, occupation, destruction of homes, lack of food/water, Russian ruleA husband is an engeneer, a wife is a baker. They have a 19 yo sonUkrainianThe family was under occupation from 24.02 to 07.05. And now they remain in the liberated town. Shelters for residents of the entire street were organized in the basement of their own house. The village was bombed, the houses nearby were mutilated. They live without gas, light and water. The cars were confiscated by the occupiers and the letters Z were applied to them. The woman prepared food for everyone. The man was looking for provisions. People who were evacuated in the first week gave them the keys to their homes and food. Their house became the only fortress. They decided to stay in their city, on their land. They persevered and they greeted Ukrainian army.
Witness 1.62KhatkivDniproN/AMevacuation, volunteeringA magician, circus performerRussianThe man worked as a circus artist in Kharkiv. Clown. Left under fire. In Dnipro, he performs in shelters and children's hospitals. He performed in the Metro in the Circus in the Metro project. He believes that his show saves him psychologically from the war
Witness 1.63KhersonLvivN/AM+Foccupation, Russian ruleA couple of doctors with roots in South and East. A part of their family is now under occupation. TBCCouple, doctors, owners of a private ophtalmology clinic. He escaped Luhansk in 2014 and started in Lviv from scratch. Their clinic was set to open in Lviv in May. A week ago his father was taken prisoner in Kherson, there is no news yet. His wife is more public and ready to tell their story.
Witness 1.64KhersonDniproN/AFshelling, Russian rule, destruction of homesA mother of a 14-year-old daughter, manicure service masterRussianThe woman’s family did not leave in the first days of the war. They felt the occupation of Kherson to the full extent. From February 25 to March 1, they went down to the basement of their house. It was very cold to sit there with a child and a pussy. The daughter knitted a cardigan in the basement. On the outskirts of Kherson, fierce battles were already being fought for the Antonov bridge. The sounds of shelling, aircraft and cannon fire were heard.
On February 26, they managed to take food packages for local self-defense. Staying at home was unbearable, they wanted to do something to stop the invasion. The meeting was announced in the city hall. Many friends did the same.
On March 1, Russian troops entered the city and it was terrible. On this day, fighters from the territorial self-defense were shot. When Russian troops occupied Kherson, long columns of tanks stood in the direction of Mykolaiv.
It was already very scary and difficult to leave the city, the Russians set up roadblocks at the exits. They checked everyone, took away cars and people.
Later, a food crisis began in the city, there was a shortage of food and medicine. The people of Kherson survived as best they could. From time to time, explosions were heard outside the city, sometimes in the city.
The family made the decision to leave in one day and very quickly. One morning, in front of the woman, the Russian invaders shot a young man. He looked like he was 16-17 years old. There were three military men. When the shots stopped, the woman saw that the boy was lying face down on the ground, and strangers were kicking him to find out if he was alive. It was someone's son, brother, grandson. They left in a very difficult way, through checkpoints of the DPR and past hungry Chechens who took away food, cigarettes and candy...
Witness 1.65KhersonKryvyi Rih32Fshelling, russian ruleAn employee of the Kherson City CouncilUkrainianThe woman was under occupation for 3 months. She continued to work as a journalist. No one could believe what was happening. The woman survived a shortage of food, medicine and the pressure of the occupiers. Russian soldiers fired at the city council building. Many checkpoints were set up in the city, and Russian flags were hung on administrative buildings. Phones were often checked on the streets. In the first days of the occupation, the woman actively participated in rallies. Activists began to disappear. Occupants feel like masters in the city. Russians do not provide green corridors, the roads are under fire. They had to pass 60 checkpoints to the territory controlled by Ukraine. Men were checked for tattoos. They drove to Kryvyi Rih for 2 days.
Witness 1.66KhersonMoccupation, shellingHead of the Charity Fund "Support Kherson", Municipal Institution for Capital Construction and Operation of the Kherson Regional Council, Deputy of the Kherson District Council. Education: Business Economics at the National Aerospace University named after M.E. Zhukovsky/Ukrainian
He left occupied Kherson. Since the first days of the war, he has been helping displaced people. He created an aid fund and actively provides humanitarian aid to people.
Witness 1.67KyivKyiv32FchildbirthThe woman in labor who had to give birth in a bomb shelter in KyivUkrainianFrom the first day of the war, the woman was very worried because she heard explosions, and she was about to give birth. The woman often prayed. She was afraid to go to the hospital because of the explosions. The woman and her husband had to spend about 30 minutes in line to refuel the car. When they drove through Kyiv, it was empty. They heard the sound of sirens. It was scary, like in a movie, but the woman tried to stay positive. When they arrived, all the lights were off because the hospital staff was afraid of being bombed. The woman was led to a comfortable and bright room. But two hours later they heard sirens. It was very loud. The doctor said they needed to go to the bomb shelter. The woman panicked when she saw people in a hurry. She couldn't even get dressed because it hurt too much. The bomb shelter was built in Soviet times - the building is dilapidated, very damp and cold. A small room without a door was set aside for the woman, only a shower curtain that separated her from the main room with 50 people. There was no medical equipment, only a gynecological chair. She trusted her doctor - the only thing she thought about was helping her son be born and the pain gone. The woman was very happy to see her son Fedir. With his black hair, he looked like a small copy of her husband, who cut the umbilical cord.
Witness 1.68KyivKyiv43FvolunteeringA mother of many children, a founder of the School, a volunteer UkrainianThe woman took the children out of the combat zone. The woman has opened a camp near Kyiv for children affected by the war. She worked as a fixer for the Italian media. She has many stories of witnesses to the war. And she is ready to testify herself.
Witness 1.69KyivKyiv30Fshelling, occupation, sexual violence, destruction of homes, lack of food/waterA TV presenter leading the program for one of the Ukrainian ChannelUkrainianThe woman and her family spent 15 days in full occupation near Gostomel. They spent the night in the basement, where the temperature was only +5. They lived without electricity, gas, heating, medicine and gasoline. They could not leave because the Russian military did not let them out. An entire family was shot dead in a nearby village, and a close friend who was distributing food to civilians was killed. One woman died. She was taken out and placed on a bench in a package in Gostomel. They could not bury the woman. One day a large fragment of a missile flew into her yard. The woman learned to distinguish the sounds of shells - bursts of vacuum bombs, mortar and artillery shelling, flights of fighters, military aircraft. When it was "quiet", she and her family were preparing morally for new bombings. On 9th of March Russian soldiers broke into her house. There were 13 Chechen kadyrovtsi. Her family decided to escape. When they left, they saw frozen corpses of people, Russian military equipment.
Witness 1.70KyivPoland46Fevecuation with a disabled child A mother of disabled 9 yo son, journalist, news editorEnglishThe war was unexpected for her family, and when it started, they somehow thought that this horror would end quickly. The woman went with her son to western Ukraine to a rehabilitation center. But after completing the course, returning to Kyiv was no longer realistic, and staying in the center was expensive, so they decided to go to Poland. They negotiated with the Red Cross, but they only took them to the border, and there they entered Poland on foot with a cart and a small suitcase. Not everything is easy here either, but in the end a woman and a child with a disability were found free housing. Not everything fits, but less is better than under fire. Her son wants to go home all the time. There is no rehabilitation here. Her son did not go to school here, he studied online with his class. Now the woman is trying to find an inclusive school.
Witness 1.71KyivKyiv36FshellingA tour-guide in Chornobyl zone and Kyiv, a youtuber, a mother of 3 children (8yo, 6yo, 8 months) EnglishWhen the war has started, she was in Kyiv. They did not leave Kyiv. She and her children stayed in a shelter, in a basement of their house in a district which was very close to Bucha and Irpin. Her husband is a journalist. From the second day of the war he has started volunteering, then he joined territorial defence forces, he defended Kyiv and he is still in the army. From the first days of the war she has been streaming almost every day - how they cope with a situation.
Witness 1.72KyivKyiv49Mshelling, volunteeringA sports journalist, editor and TV presenter, producer of digital projects, screenwriter and director of documentary films, media specialistEnglishThe man met the war in Armenia, where at that time he was working on the filming of the project. He returned to Ukraine through Georgia and Poland. Then there was the dangerous Rivne-Kyiv highway, which no one drove anymore... Along the way, he collected empty bottles, lubricants for Daiquiri cocktails, and stocked up on gasoline. A man came under fire on the bypass road of Zhytomyr. He returned to Kyiv on February 28. Kyiv was struck by its unusual silence and emptiness. On the streets you could drive against the traffic, on prohibited signs, all the houses were dark, shops were closed. In one of the districts of Kyiv, he saw an overturned Russian armored personnel carrier, places of fires. The man studied the rules of self-defense and recorded videos for Tik-Tok and Instagram. He helped make cocktails, and delivered them to checkpoints, along with food, toilet paper, tea and cigarettes - the main shortage at the time. Later, he delivered food to checkpoints, hospitals, military units, churches, and bought medicines for pensioners. Together with a team of volunteers, he delivers groceries, shoes and clothes, pet food, toys and literature to anyone in need.
In Kyiv, a man organizes meetings between famous athletes and soldiers undergoing treatment.
Children are a separate field of activity. They created a Charity Fund, collect children and send them to camps in safer regions of the country and abroad.
Witness 1.73KyivKyiv33Fshelling, volunteeringA make-up artist, a founder of "Beauty volunteer" movementEnglishAfter the start of the war, the woman founded the BEAUTY Volunteers movement to provide free self-care services (haircuts and hair coloring, manicures, eyebrow correction, massage) and psychological support to residents of towns and villages in the Kyiv region that suffered as a result of the occupation and destruction of their homes by Russia.

On February 24, she woke up with her husband from explosions. The family lives in the center of Kyiv, but the explosions were very loud. On this day, when panic began, and people left - they did not believe that the war had begun. 2022, the center of Europe is absurd...
On the night of February 25, explosions occured again. They took the necessary things, put the cat in the carrier, took the 2-year-old child - and headed to the shelter. They spent half a day there, after which they left for the region to the husband's parents. There they spent 3 weeks in the country. As soon as the man took them away, he returned to Kyiv and went to enroll in the territorial defence but he was refused. There were more applicants than necessary.
And then he and his brother organized the production of bulletproof vests. This is still his main volunteer work, which has already saved more than one life of our soldiers.The woman and her son returned in mid-March. At first it was scary with the early curfew, explosions and sirens. But then they got used to it. The woman joined the team of volunteers visiting Okhmatdyt (children hospital). There they provided their services to doctors, since they lived there during the first months of the war. And one evening the woman thought that there are people who also need attention and help. It was the end of April, and the Kyiv region had already been liberated from the russians.
The woman began to gather colleagues who were ready to go with her. Haircuts, manicures, eyebrows for free. To people who were left without everything - without a home, without money and without faith in the best...
The first was a trip to Irpin. And then Borodyanka, Bucha, Blystavitsa...
Witness 1.74KyivKyiv42Mbattlefield, shellingA master of business administration, director of a private school, commander of the communications departmentUkrainianThe war began on February 24, the man took his children, ex-wives, met with friends in Bucha. Everyone spent the night there and left for western Ukraine on the 25th. They found a place to live there. On February 28, the man went to the Military Commissariat and was drafted into the army. At first, he was trained for 2 weeks, taught little and in a hurry, then he was sent to the front line. On the way there, they came under fire. A third of the personnel then died and were wounded. The real training began at the front. During his time at the front, he counted 4 new birthdays (all these times he could have died). Death was always nearby. They went outside in case of extreme need. They joked a lot, there were conflicts among themselves. To wash - it was risky. Now the man is decommissioned due to his health. He overcomes all challenges and difficulties by immersing himself in work. He is trying to find territory and funds to build a school outside Kyiv for children who lost their parents in the war.
Witness 1.75KyivGermany42Fshelling, evacuationA lawyer, mother of four childrenUkrainianThe woman was the first to wake up from the explosions. Shelling began near the Boryspil airport. At first I counted 5 explosions, I couldn't believe it, I started reading the news and found out that the war had started. She woke up her husband, the children also woke up and started to gather. During this time, there were two more explosions. They took the children, the dog and went to their friends near Kyiv. On the way, they stood in heavy traffic jams, and fighter jets flew over them. They did not understand whether it was "ours" or "someone else's". It was scary for the children. The woman could not find the words to explain why there is a place for war in our time, when the world is open to people. 17 people, all friends, relatives, and acquaintances gathered at the friends. And they decided to go to the border with Romania, there were fewer queues. They drove on secondary roads, because the highways could be dangerous. The first stop was in Vinnytsia. They spent the night in the sanatorium, in their clothes, woke up again at five, because there was an air alarm. Then they went further to the town of Chortkiv. There they were warmly welcomed by a local family. They themselves slept on the floor so that the children could rest in their beds. Then there was a day at the border. In Romania, they slept all day, because for the first time in three days on the road, they felt safe. Then they went to Germany. The woman's parents remained in Ukraine, they did not want to leave.
Witness 1.76KyivUSAN/AFevacuationA journalist, blogger, YouTuberEnglishA woman and her child were attacked by inadequate russians for shouting "Glory to Ukraine!" in Germany. The woman posted the video on her backup Instagram account. The main "hero" is almost hysterical, insulting the journalist and the country from which she came. Another man periodically also joins the discussion. The woman's Instagram was blocked after she shared a video of the attack.
Witness 1.77Kyiv39occupation, shelling, loss of loved onesEducations higher technical is the Donbas state machine-building academy. Upon completion, in 2002 work in the industry companies. Hi is a married. Bring up a son. Live in Kyiv. Doesn't speak english but understands a little bit. Oleksandr is looking for his brother. 20.03.22 the brother was taken prisoner and until now nothing is known about him.UkrainianMy brother, Serhii Volodymyrovych Udovichenko, born in 1987, is a civilian. His permanent residence is Lozova city, Kharkiv region. Worked in the village of Bayrak, Balakliia district, Kharkiv region. When the war began, my brother could not leave his village because there were shellings and the road home to the city of Lozova, Kharkiv region, was very dangerous. He decided to wait for the right opportunity to leave. His manager and his wife were hiding from shellings in the basement of the building where he lived. At the beginning of March, Balaklia was occupied, which prevented them from leaving the city in the Kharkiv direction.Somewhere around March 5, the electricity in the village disappeared and the phone connection was not stable. My brotheronce a day went out of the village to report that everything was fine with him. On 03/19/22, we spoke with him for the last time, he was planningon leaving the village at any cost. He was even planning on walking on foot, because he understood that things were only going to get worse. On 03/20/22, I called him on his cell phone, but he did not respond. After that, he did not get in touch. I thought that there was a problem with mobile communication, or that hisbattery died, or that there was shelling and therefore, he couldn’t go beyond the village, where the network could be caught.After a few days, I began to worry and began to search for the phones of his manager and acquaintances, but it turned out that none of us knew the contacts, not even the phones of the father and mother. My brother somehow did not provide us with the phone numbers and even names. Then, through local social networks and messengers, I learned that the village was blocked by the Russian military. I found one girl who had relatives in this village and her acquaintance informed me that a guy who looked like my brother had been captured by the Russians.On 03/20/22, together with my brother, two other men were taken from this village. They were all civilians. I contacted our services with the message that my brother was held captive, but at the time I did not know anything about him. Then, after some time, I found a girl who witnessed my brother being taken from the yard by three Russian soldiers. When one grandmother asked them wherethey were taking them, they told her that she would not see them again. Since I have been looking for my brother, I noticed that many men and boys were disappearing in Balaklia and nearby villages. Women were also disappearing, but they usually then returned home. Currently, about 30 men and boys have disappeared and their relatives, just as I am, are looking for them. And we have no idea where they are. It is known that people were taken from their homes, at checkpoints, on the streets. No one from the so-called local authorities is telling us where our relatives are.
Witness 1.78KyivKyivM helps peoplePlastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon at Adonis - Medical group of companies Worked as Chief Surgeon at the Clinic of plastic surgery "Med City" of the company "Med City" Chief physician of the company "El.En." He studied at Bogomolets National Medical University and at the National University of Health Care of Ukraine named after P.L. Shupyka
Ye is operates on the wounded.February 28, Zhytomyr region. A pretty young girl came out of the basement to prepare breakfast for the children. As she began to return, an aerial bomb fell near the house. Shards of glass from the windows cut the entire left side of the face. ⠀ Medics of the armed forces of Ukraine provided first aid to the girl. And then Sergey and his assistant Andrii Vasyliev carefully sewed up every millimeter of cuts on her face. Serhii coordinated the woman's rehabilitation process, prescribed drugs that reduce scars, and the patient diligently followed the recommendations. Serhiy is currently planning to perform additional laser grinding, but the patient says that she is already satisfied with the result. Thanks to the existence of the #NoScar initiative in Ukraine, all Ukrainians wounded in the war can receive free scar correction. And we will provide such help as long as it is necessary - until we remove the last scar, burn and deformity.
Witness 1.79KyivKyivM helps peopleDirector of the National Children's Specialized Hospital "Okhmatdyt" anesthesiologist of the M.M. Amosov National Institute of Cardiovascular Surgery (1992—2003); pediatric cardioanesthesiologist (2003—2008), chief physician (2008—2021) of the Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Pediatric Cardiology and Cardiac Surgery. Since 2010, he is the chief freelance specialist of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine in pediatric anesthesiology and intensive care. One of the organizers and participants of the well-known charity sports event "Run under chestnuts".UkrainianHe said that on February 24, he and his colleagues decided that the hospital would work regardless of the war. All the staff will do everything possible to provide help first of all to the children, and secondly to those who need it. There were difficulties in almost everything: from the ability to get to work and home, to obtaining medicines and food. Some workers soon found themselves in occupation. Someone could not leave children alone at home. Volodymyr Zhovnir says that the most difficult thing was to set up the work of the hospital in order to keep the team as a place where you can turn to for help, to save health and life. The operating unit was on the top floor of the old building. In the first days, the hospital was shelled, then rockets exploded near and above the building. It became clear: something needs to be changed so that aid is not interrupted even during shelling. They made new operating rooms and new places for examinations in the basements. A method of sorting and treating injured children was developed. The most serious case was a child with a bullet wound in a state of clinical death and the first child who was brought in already dead. It is emotionally very difficult to see a child with injuries from an explosion. It is difficult to see children whose parents were killed in front of their eyes. But we are doctors. We provided help in spite of everything. We have not amputated any child's limbs. All but the first two children were discharged. The doctor believes that the experience gained during the war should be used for victory and peace. For the sake of the children being alive and healthy, so that their parents do not die. For Ukrainians to be the strongest, best nation.
Witness 1.80Kyiv Kyiv50MvolunteeringA Paris-Dakar pilot, he is a volunteer for ambulance TBCSince the beginning of the war he has been volunteering actively. He is delivering ambulances from Europe to Ukraine, providing Ukrainian soldies on the frontline with all necessary goods, assisting in evacuation from hot spots.
Witness 1.81Kyiv region43Fshelling, occupation, sexual violence, destruction of homes, prohibited shells, lack of food/water, loss of loved ones, Russian ruleA Head of HR departmentUkrainianOn February 27 a large column of Russian troops entered the village of Motyzhyn and immediately started firing at houses. Electricity, water, heat and communications have been gone. On the first day, as soon as the troops arrived, there were reports of fellow villagers being killed. Russian soldiers fired from a machine gun at our neighbor. The injury was serious, so local doctor decided to help and take him to the hospital in the district center. The woman had not heard from them for a long time, and five days later she learned that they had been shot on the way out of the village. Their car had a red cross and the inscription "Wounded". The woman's father helped people by delivering meat and eggs to neighbors when there was no shelling. The house cooled down, we put on all the warm clothes we had. The generator was turned on for thirty minutes a day to charge phones and pump water. They were afraid that Russian soldiers might come. Woman's parents had a gas cylinder that saved them all: they could cook hot food and warm up a little. None of the villagers went outside, they all hid in their houses. Only russian soldiers drove on the streets almost always, as they drove, they fired on houses. ing to do something. The woman monitored the movement of Russian columns and informed the special services of Ukraine about the number of equipment and the coordinates of its location. One day they decided that the woman would try to leave in her car to take her daughter and daughter-in-law with her niece.
Witness 1.82Kyiv region, BorodyankaVinnytsyaN/AMocupation, destruction of homesA cameraman of one Ukrainian TV ChannelUkrinianHe is a cameraman of the Inter TV channel, lived with his family in Borodyanka, Kyiv region. For several days he filmed all the horrors of the Russian forces in his hometown. He remained in danger in occupation. He continued to carry out his profession duties and hand over the horrific footage of the destruction in the Kyiv region. The situation was getting worse every day. The man took his family to the West of Ukraine. On the way his grandson said: “Grandpa, do you know that my house was destroyed by a rocket? I don't have a house now. Will you build me a new one?” the man said - it was the hardest moment - to see that a four-year-old child understood everything.
Witness 1.83Kyiv region, BorodyankaKyiv region, Borodyanka61Fshelling, destruction of homesA psycologistEnglishThe woman worked and currently works in the center of socio-psychological rehabilitation of the population of the Ministry of Veterans Affairs of Ukraine, which was completely destroyed as a result of a direct hit by a shell of a Russian tank. One of the workers of the center was killed during the shelling. The leader of this center lost her sister and nephew during the occupation. The woman herself survived the terrible first days of shelling. There was little information about humanitarian corridors. One day, her husband and she decided that they had to leave Borodyanka, because the city was mercilessly attacked from the air. On the way to Western Ukraine, the woman saw shot cars and buses with people in them. After the deoccupation of Borodyanka, she returned to the city. At first there was a terrible shock from what she saw. In the first days, when she met acquaintances, they could not stop the tears when they remembered those who are no longer alive. Now the woman and the team of the center continue to provide psychological assistance to the residents of Borodyanka and neighboring villages within the walls of the only surviving school, which became the administrative center of the city.
Witness 1.84Kyiv region, BorodyankaBorodyanka56Fshelling, russian rule, lack of water/foodA psycologistUkrainianOn February 24 and 25, the woman still went to work. It was necessary to collect and take away working documents. Everyone's mood was already anxious, although they didn't realize until the end that a large-scale invasion had begun. In the early days, there was a lot of military equipment on the streets of the city. There were many people near the military commander. The woman did not think of leaving the city, as she hoped that Borodyanka would not be the number one target for the enemy. In addition, she has elderly parents with whom leaving was impossible. In the early days, there were still products in the stores. On February 26, powerful explosions were already heard, there were shellings and people said that the Russian troops were already very close. The woman and her parents went down to the basement, tried to arrange life there - they brought provisions, water, warm clothes, but this room was not suitable for storage, it was very cold there and there were no communications. On February 28, there were already columns of Russian tanks in the city, and battles were taking place in the center. On March 1, tanks fired at residential buildings - columns of tanks drove through the city, and those soldiers sitting on armor randomly shot at the windows of residential buildings with machine guns. The woman and her parents were hiding in the basement all the time, it was scary. One day, a rocket hit a neighboring house, and the blast wave carried the woman into the entrance along with the front door. Fortunately, all her relatives survived. There was a lot of dust and destruction around. It was scary to stay in the basement of a dilapidated house, and to leave as well, because people told , that Russians were shooting convoys of cars. That's why they decided to move to a summer house on the outskirts of Borodyanka. The neighbors helped there - they shared food and firewood. Later, the electricity and gas disappeared. The phones were charged from the battery in the car. One day a rocket hit their country house. Then the woman and her parents settled in a neighbor's house, which was empty at the time. From time to time she went to the city to see what was happening there. She climbed to the 9th floor of someone else's house to catch a connection and talk to relatives. Russian soldiers spoke to her several times - they advised her to flee from here as soon as possible, because, they say, they are here for a long time. On March 31, there was heavy artillery shelling, and in the evening there was complete silence. People did not understand what was happening. On April 1, people realized that Russian troops were no longer in the city. The next day, Ukrainian troops began to enter. Now the woman lives with relatives in Borodyanka.
Witness 1.85Kyiv region, BuchaGostomel/BuchaN/AMshelling, loss of loved onesA journalist, fixer of BBC Ukraine and Czech News Agency (CTK)TBCThe man lives in Gostomel. During the occupation he was in Bucha with his family. The man witnessed the killing of civilians, looting, obstruction of evacuation. It was dangerous because of the frequent shelling. After 10 th of March, the man was evacuated to Kyiv. Then he moved to Chernivtsi. He lived there until May. The man was one of the first to return to Bucha. He gathered testimonies of people. He worked as a fixer for BBC Ukraine and Czech News Agency (CTK).
Witness 1.86Kyiv region, BuchaBuchaN/AMcaptivity, shellingA case managerUkrainianFrom February 24, 2022, the man organized advisory work for the residents of the community. People called with various questions about evacuation, medicines, products, utilities. Since the beginning of March, the occupiers seized the administrative building of the local council and its employees moved to work in the hospital. Medicines and food were distributed there. From March 9 to 13, tere were humanitarian evacuation corridors. The hardest thing was when it was not possible to move around the city safely. The man was a witness when Russian soldiers stole humanitarian aid from Buchanans, which was brought by volunteers, and shot at civilians. The Russians kept the man together with other Buchanans in the basement. He was able to escape. He continued to help people, volunteered.
Witness 1.87Kyiv region, ButchBarcelona37Mrussian rule, evacuationUkrainian journalist Novy Kanal, mother of 3 childrenUkrainianShe is a Ukrainian journalist. Together with her husband, she raises three children. 12, 7 and 5 years old. On February 24, 2022, the family was at home in Buchi. They sat in the basement for 9 days. Children are very scared. The family left under fire from the Russian military. The Russians almost shot their car. The children underwent long-term rehabilitation. Currently live in Barcelona. Children are under stress. They do not want to return to Ukraine because of the military actions of the Russians.
Witness 1.88Kyiv region, GorenkaNorthampton, England39Fshelling, destruction of homesA teacher of EnglishEnglishThe war began over the roof of the woman's house, the helicopters of the russians were heading to the Antonov airport, 3 km from our house. The house burned to the ground in March, the village was on fire, artillery shelling, aviation. Everyone left the house on February 25, but spent another week on the front line in Pushcha-Vodytsia at her mother's house. It was very scary when the windows trembled, the chandeliers swayed and it was not clear whether there would be someone to get everyone out of the cellar later...that's why the woman's husband and father were upstairs all the time, and the women and children were in the cellar. They traveled to the West of Ukraine for 3 days, it was very hard, 2 overnight stays with strangers.
Witness 1.89Kyiv region, GostomelKyivN/AFshelling, occupation, lack of food / water, loss of loved ones, Russian rule A lawyer in public administration and anti-corruption, survivor of Russian occupation in GostomelEnglishHer family was the only one to stay in the house without food, water, heating, electricity and connection. Shells hit the house 11 times. Her car was cut to pieces. Russian soldiers robbed her apartment, putting the family to the wall under the barrel of machine guns. Russians captured the house and set up a headquarter there. Three people died while cooking in a nearby apartment building. Entertainment of Russian soldiers: they threw fires and disguised ammunition. A soldier shot at a wall for fun. The house was replaced by streamersPhoto and diary
Witness 1.90Kyiv region, GostomelEuropean Union48Foccupation, shelling, loss of loved onesUkrainianMy sister Lyudmila Viktorivna Shevchenko, born September 3, 1968. Her husband Ihor Dmytrovych Steblevskiy, born on August 4, 1960. For a month, they lived under occupation in Gostomel on the street. Prorizna, b.5). They had no electricity, gas, or water. Residents prepared food outside. March 22, 2022 Lyudmila went to cook borscht with her neighbors. Then a shell flew into their yard. The woman's legs were severely injured by shrapnel. Another woman named Inna died on the spot. Tetyana Petrivna Hlybovets, born on August 14, 1977. was wounded in the leg and head. Sister Lyudmila was also wounded. She was conscious, behaved calmly, but was seriously injured. Her husband stopped the bleeding with a belt, and a nurse from their home bandaged the wounds. According to eyewitnesses, at that time there were Russians in the "Na Proriznaya" housing complex, which the locals identified as "marines". These marines said that they were ordered to notharm civilians. They behaved more or less normally. People who were close to Lyudmila after the injury asked the Russian military to provide her and Tatiana with medical assistance. The women were placed on blankets and taken to the military hospital in an armoured personnel carrier. The locals did not know where exactly it was. They only say that it could be "somewhere in the forest" near the Hostomel’ airport. Igor went with his wife. It is not known what happened in that hospital, but after that their communication came to an end. On May 7, 22 I managed to talk with some Ukrainians that were released from illegal imprisonment and found out that the Russians are retaining Ihor Steblevskyi in one of their pre-trial detention centres in the Bryansk Region, jail No. 2, Novozybkiv. He does not know where Lyudmila is. She could have been taken to a hospital in Belarus. We talked to one neighbour - Iryna Sholokhova, who said that on that day, teenager Yaroslav Rach (mobile number 093-253-01-04) received minor injuries and his mother Iryna Reznik (+38063-559-53-56) seemed to be driving him to the hospital where those women were injured. When the Russian military left Hostomel’, she and her son went with them. Then the neighbours learned from her that she would not return to Ukraineand that Lyuda died in Belarus and Ihor did not want to communicate with his relatives and that he was released... But on April 16, 2022. A Belarusian volunteer, Yulia, called Irina Reznik and told her another story. Allegedly,"Lyuda and Tanya died and were buried in the Hostomel’ hospital near the airport.A sign was put up, but don't go there, the territory is mined. Igor was sent home.” - recalled Yulia. On April 2, 2022, I learned that my sister Lyudmila Viktorivna Shevchenko, born September 3, 1968, and her husband Ihor Dmytrovych Steblevskyi, born on August 4, 1960, were exported to Belarus. She immediately started calling 102, the hotline for the search for missing persons, the Red Cross, the United Center at the SSU.On 04/23/2022 she went to the police station in Boyarka, 88 Khreshchatyk St. He sent his number (his number 067-888-74-77) via WhatsApp in an hour, application No. 11572 dated 04/23/2022. The investigator never called. On May 3, 2022, at19Pol’ova street in Bucha she took a DNA test (the French and Bucha police), but did not receive an answer. Once, we called from the Bucha prosecutor's office to find out whether my sister and I share the same parents. On June 24, 2022, Oleksiy, a police officer from Boyarka, called me (063-711-58-91) and told me to come to take a DNA test, I was abroad, after returning. On 07/07/2022, I went to Boyarka, Daryna Yuriivna (068-279-65-63) took the test and once again accepted the statement about the disappearance of my sister and her husband. It turned out that I was summoned by mistake, because mysurname is well-known…. 07/14/2022 . In Boyarka they did not give me an extract from the unified register of pre-trial investigations, they wrote ЕРДР #42022112320000049, and said that the case would be handled by the SSU, I had to go to Kyiv at 55/2 Peremogy street. I arrived, they gave me the number of the investigator, Yaroslav (067-370-29- 49). I called him, but he did not find L.V. Shevchenko. and I.D. Steblevskyi in this case.
Witness 1.91Kyiv region, HostomelPolandN/AFshelling, destruction of homesA bloggerUkrainianOn February 24, a woman with her husband and son went to visit her mother in Gostomel. At that time it was scary to stay in Kyiv, there was no basement in the house. They thought it would be better. The woman's mother lives near the airport. And the real hell began right there. The family was hiding in one of the shopping centers. The employees of the center were also there. People hid there with children and pets.
In the mother's house, all the windows were broken, the fence was completely destroyed, and there was a lot of damage inside the building - the sewer system was destroyed. The woman's mother cannot return home now because the house is damaged. Some things were stolen from the mother's house: a telephone, perfume and all her underwear.
Damage from the destruction is more than 50,000 + $
Witness 1.92Kyiv region, HostomelBucha68Fshelling, evacuationA teacher of Ukrainian languageUkrainianThe woman has guests here every day. Former students bring her books because they know that her library at home burned down. The woman previously lived in Hostomel – a town four kilometres from Bucha, home to the famed Antonov airport, which Russia tried to seize in the early days of the all-out war. Today, she doesn’t have a home, as her flat in a four-floored building was destroyed by a Russian missile. Luckily, by then she had fled to Volyn (north-west of Ukraine), where she was staying at strangers’ with her son and daughter-in-law.
“I came to see my apartment block twice. The first time I wanted to see what was still intact. The staircase in the building was still there. So I went up to the second floor, opened my front door, and just saw a hole – nothingness. The second time I came was in May when we were registering the damage”. When she returned to the town in late April, Valentyna looked after a small garden in front of her old apartment block with a neighbour. Everything was ”charred remains of bricks and concrete slabs, but between them, a lilac flower that broke through and blossomed. I almost cried, she said, it was like a symbol of life that goes on in spite of everything.” Today, she lives in an emergency housing complex made of shipping containers in Bucha. The 68-year-old woman is grateful to have a mirror, a small cupboard, and 15 square metres to herself. Others have to share with two or three people. Shower and toilet cubicles are shared between dozens, and so is an equipped kitchen and a playroom for children. In front of the containers is a playground and ping-pong tables and a school is within walking distance.
Witness 1.93Kyiv region, IrpinRivne32Fshelling, occupation, lack of food / water, loss of loved ones, Russian ruleA communication manager in an international pharmaceutical company. Survivor of IrpinTBCShe woke up from the explosions, had to inform employees about the company's actions in this case, to reassure everyone. They couldn't leave on the 24th. They hid in a terrible basement. There was no water or light for several days. On March 8, tanks shooted the house. Saboteurs were seen on the street near food queues. They knew about the shootings. Her house was hit by missiles soon after she evacuated. To flee, she had to go by foot to the ruined Irpin bridge with her two cats, accompanied by her neighbor and a dog. Photo
Witness 1.94Kyiv region, IrpinIrpin19Foccupation, sexual violenceA student from IrpinUkrainianThe girl saw the explosions of the first days of the war. Her grandfather witnessed the bombing of Gostomel by Russian helicopters. The girl did not sleep at night, she was afraid that she might die. Later she realized that mornings were the most dangerous time, because it was then that the most active shelling took place. The girl said she had heard horrific cases of rape of young Ukrainian girls by Russian soldiers. Her family managed to leave the city in time. After the deoccupation of the Irpin, she returned home.
Witness 1.95Kyiv region, IrpinKyiv20Fshelling, injuriesA student from IrpinUkrainianShe tried to leave Irpin. The car with three women in it was fired at by the Russian military with a grenade launcher. The shelling was violent. The girl's mother received 9 injuries. The family miraculously managed to escape from the car, which was already on fire, and left Irpin.
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