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Galina Demyanenko
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Berdyanskoe
Berdyanskoe
“People managed to leave their home five minutes before a direct hit”

It was on the 4th September 2014. At two in the afternoon shelling began. It was heavy fire, we had to hide in the cellar. It exploded nearby, in the area of Shyrokino, we heard it well. You see, even if it exploded somewhere in the distance, we felt the expansion of fragments. They rattled on the roofs. We even slept in the basement.

If this conflict continues to drag on, poverty will ensue

The electrical substation was in Shirokino. Shirokino was under heavy fire. And we lived without electricity. For about a month we did not have electricity, not yet restored. And without electricity there was no water, there was nothing. It is good that it was more or less worm.

 Battalions entered our village. The shellings were very strong, there were direct hits. We have 10 houses to which there were direct hits. It's good that people were not there. 

In one house, literally five minutes [before the shot] inhabitants went to their parents. There left to hide. And it was a direct hit, straight on into the house.

“People managed to leave their home five minutes before a direct hit”

Strong shelling happened again on May 18, 20 17. Some cottages were under fire. They were on fire. There were more than twenty-four shells, or something released, I think. Everything was in smoke, that's in fumes, there was a smell of sulfur. There were strong explosions.

“People managed to leave their home five minutes before a direct hit”

In 2015, we received great assistance from the International Red Cross and Rinat Akhmetov’s humanitarian aid. We are greatly thankful that there is such a Foundation that helps our people. Every villager gets this aid. People are very pleased; this kit has everything that is needed.

We had a problem with drinking water - we applied everywhere to international organizations, wrote everywhere.

And thanks to DTEK. We had a very big debt, no one paid for five years, they wrote off this debt for us, and now we will be connected to electricity.

“People managed to leave their home five minutes before a direct hit”

 If this conflict continues to drag on, poverty will ensue. I think we need to find a compromise somehow. And the peace will come to us, and we will live, how we lived before the war. Everything will be fine.

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