Families traumatized by the bombings refuse to leave the house: “Ma’am, do you think it’s a war zone?”


20,000 men refused to leave Lisichansk, a city under siege on the Eastern Front, and survived in dungeons without electricity, water or coverage.

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Sasha, four, is the son of a family that has refused to leave their home in Lisichansk, eastern Ukraine.yasuyoshi chiba
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“Do you understand that this is a war zone?” A policeman wearing a military uniform and combat helmet despairs while a young woman with her two children refuses to leave a Ukrainian town lisichansk, near the front. Not long ago, shells again hit some buildings in the war-ravaged industrial city.

the policeman Viktor LevshenkoFrustrated, he points to the sky and tries to explain Angelina Abakumova To get into an armored van. the vehicle should take them to a slightly safer corner UkraineRussian artillery passing through the position.

“Seriously, tell me what you’re doing with the kids here,” the professional athlete asks the regional traffic police chief. “Do you understand that this is a war zone?” He insists, apparently annoyed.

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A man, in the kitchen of his home in Lysychansk, where he lives with his family without water or electricity.yasuyoshi chibaAFP

The 30-year-old woman nods quietly and stands her ground. But Levshenko insists that she die with her children. He says his presence is thwarting his efforts UkraineBecause the military has to focus on civilians rather than fighting the Russians.

Facing the woman’s insistence, he left. “We’ll be back tomorrow and I hope she’s ready with your things. These kids have to be moved to a safe place,” he tells her.

“I won’t change my mind,” whispers Abakumova, as she returns to the shelter. “Now the danger is here. Then you go away and the danger goes somewhere else. What’s the point of going back and forth?” He wonders.

“They think everything will be alright”

Like Abakumova, some citizens in the East Ukraine Amidst the constant bombing by the Russian army and waiting for the end, decide to stay in your homes guera,

Reasons for staying include lack of money to start a new life and the fear of losing their homes. But these justifications do not satisfy Levchenko. “I think people don’t fully understand the situation,” he says, after meeting the young mother.

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Ksenia, eight, in the basement of her house in Lisichansk, which she refused to leave despite the shelling.yasuyoshi chibaAFP

“We have to survive the bombing and make our way through very difficult conditions to reach these people and try to feed and take them out,” he explains. “People here think everything will be alright,” he says, referring to the interlocking underground corridors of a city building and dozens of people hiding in the basement.

“But unfortunately, it’s not perfect,” the 33-year-old continues.

“dog meat”

Volunteers distributing food to shelters are estimated to have 100,000 residents. lisichansk, 20,000 still try to survive in the besieged city. There is no electricity or phone signal. The water supply has been shut since April and it is expected that the gas tap will be switched off in the next few days.

Citizens are still walking the streets of the city, almost oblivious to the increasing rocket fire and artillery fire from Russian units trying to isolate this mining area from the rest. Ukraine,

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A family awaits their evacuation from Lisichansk in the Donbs.yasuyoshi chibaAFP

when retired Volodymyr Dobrorez Woke up this morning, counted over 30 artillery hits near a bridge severodonetska neighboring city that is now under partial control Russia, “The last three days have been particularly bad,” says the 61-year-old.

However, many of them understand that their lives will never be the same as before the Russian invasion on February 24. Abakumova says that she weighed the fate of her children against that of her husband and brother.

“People of fighting age are called immediately and sent to the front like cannon fodder,” says their son and daughter while playing on the bunker floor. “My husband and his brother did not let go. . They will die on the first day,” she concluded.

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