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Valentina Tovstik

“I thought that if it was my fate to die here, then it will be so”

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We became the guardians of our 11-year-old granddaughter Valeria. Her father was reported missing, and her mother died at the end of 2016. When the girl remembers her parents, she cannot hold back her tears.

My husband and I decided to take on guardianship, although we ourselves have health problems. My permanent changes in my legs began eight years ago after a stroke. The war undermined my health too - our village Maksimilyanovka is located near the frontline Marinka. They were shooting right next to us, and I was sitting in my yard and thinking: if my fate is to die here - then so be it.

Earlier, my husband worked at the Trudovskaya mine, which is now in uncontrolled territory. Now the pension is barely enough for the very essential.

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