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Stories that you confided to us

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Eduard Synkovskii
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"I was informed: my ex-wife was dead, my children were alive. I left for Mariupol to pick up my sons the very same day"

He entered war-torn Mariupol in late March 2022. Kyiv resident Eduard Synkovskyi was constantly scrolling through a map in his head: it was important not to forget how to get to the place where his children were. There was neither a connection nor a navigator. There were only refugees, dead bodies, and destroyed houses around.

"Yehor was 5 years old, Myroslav - 8. They spent a month in basements in Mariupol. Suffering from cold and hunger. There was a field kitchen there, they cooked something. We went to get water, took risks. They were already overwhelmed by these constant explosions, it was a stressful situation".

Eduard found his sons near the multi-story apartment building. Five-year-old Yehor and eight-year-old Myroslav were having a meal, cooked by someone over the fire.

Their mother, Eduard's ex-wife, was killed in a missile attack in the first weeks of russian invasion. The woman's relatives were not able to inform her about it straight away.

Eduard left Kyiv for Mariupol as soon as he received the text message. It was hard. This is because he had been fighting for his life for a long time, undergoing complex rehabilitation. And then a full-scale war began.

However, in the spring of 2022, Eduard managed to rescue not only his sons. A man has taken some more families out of Mariupol hell.

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