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Denis Ivaniuk

"I want to see my grandfather most of all"

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I had a lot of friends in Almaznaya, and I was happy there. I had a three-story school in Almaznaya. There were about 300-something people in the school.

I have two sisters, and I'm the eldest.

The first time we heard [the explosion] was when we were in the woods. We saw a big bomb go off.

My cousin Masha's house was hit by a bomb. Well, everything went well, it didn't explode.

I'm very scared and worried. I am especially scared and afraid to be attacked. 

You know, I take war seriously. You need to protect your sisters, older and younger. We must protect everything.

War for me is fear, loss, and a lot of other bad things.

Most of all, I miss my home, the forest, and my grandfather and all relatives.

But mostly I miss everything. And most of all I want – we don't see my grandfather now-I would like to see my grandfather. My grandfather gave me a fishing rod this summer. My mother will bring it when she arrives.

I dream of returning home so that the war will end and not start. Well, also I want to move home, so that everyone was safe, alive.

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