People are being cleansed after Russia attacked a large part of Ukraine. You don’t want to intimidate. But there are warnings again in the capital.
The sun is shining from the sky, but a loud howl reminds the people of Kyiv not to feel too safe. A day after Putin’s rockets targeted civilians in the center, rocket alert was again issued in the capital.
The streets are empty, the state emergency service announced via smartphone:
you want to live
But as soon as everything is clear, life goes on. Whatever people do – hiding out of fear is not an option. “I’m definitely not going to pack my things,” says Viktor and everyone we talk to on the street. “We love Kiev and we don’t want to go anywhere,” says Veronika.
As soon as Putin’s rockets open craters in the streets, houses and playgrounds, they are eliminated here as quickly. Immediately after the attacks, the shards were swept and the holes in the streets were clogged – Ukraine is defiant and refuses to be intimidated. Nothing here should remind of death. you want to live
Attacks in the middle
And yet it came as a shock to many. Kyiv has seen no attacks since June, never in the middle of the city. Those who were in the wrong place at the wrong time did not survive. Here too, in Shevchenko Park in front of the local university, there were casualties in the middle of the morning rush hour.
The first rays of sun shine through the window, followed by an incredible explosion next to his bed, this is how Valery Tvarkovsky’s Monday morning began. He lives with his family right next to the playground that has become a target.
“I was still half asleep, I didn’t understand what was happening, and then I saw the glass fly out of the window and the balcony door opened. I smelled fire and then I saw smoke,” she says.
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His wife was born in this house. It survived the bombs of WWII and this time the family is lucky, the rocket misses them. Son Dmitry immediately goes to his family, trying to make makeshift repairs on the windows. They don’t understand why Russia is attacking their beautiful neighborhood.
“There are no military bases, military targets, or any critical infrastructure nearby,” Father Valery explains. In an interview with the ZDF, Mayor Klitschko said that Russia alone fired more than 70 rockets at Kiev and was able to intercept 40. Not enough to guarantee people’s safety.
A life between hope and fear as long as he stays here.
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