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Mykhailo Onypko

"I want to forget everything connected to the war"

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I was born in Makiivka. I have lived there up until recently. Last year, in 2019, he moved to Mariupol with his family – his wife and son.

War is pain, fear, horror, suffering, death… My family and close relatives were a little more lucky than the people who were on the line of contact.

I don't know what people who live in times of armed hostilities think. I think they are afraid to be left alone with all their feelings and thoughts. They are afraid of tomorrow, lack of confidence in the future and calmness today.

The hardest test was to leave our home city, friends, acquaintances and relatives. We left our home, and that was the hardest part. I was disappointed in this life at that moment.

I was not an eyewitness to the events, and tried to avoid any military actions or events as much as possible. And I rally want to forget everything. Everything related to the war.

Life changed significantly when the war broke out. It became more difficult to feed my family and even myself. Everyday life was limited by the lack of decent salaries and curfews. It is always difficult to live in such tension.

I am sure that civilians need help. There are a lot of pensioners and low-income families who really need help, for which we are very grateful. That package of food helped us a lot. What would I do without humanitarian aid? It's very simple: I would eat less! The Rinat Akhmetov Foundation has helped people. I am not aware of any other organizations that do the same.

I want to forget everything connected to the war

I believe that the most terrible thing in war is to lose those you love. We can't go back and fix it. And everything else is a matter of life.

My dream is simple-to live in my own house with my family, settle it, go to work and not think about the fact that at any time to me or my loved ones can knock trouble at the door. Answering my question many years ago, "Why do we live?", my three-year-old son said, "To live!" This is real happiness. I always valued spiritual things more than material ones. Values have not changed.

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