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Liubov Zhukova

"I couldn't try to outrace death while running to the basement at night"

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I couldn't try to outrace death while running to the basement at night. So I lay and waited. My house, which was hit by a shell a year and a half ago in 2014, was completely ruined. A direct hit fell on the storeroom. Then the entire house collapsed.

Four shells fell on our farmstead, and they destroyed everything on their way: the house and the summer kitchen. Although the summer kitchen has so  glass now, we live in it with my mother.

I couldn't try to outrace death while running to the basement at night

My mother is 91 years old, and that night we had to run to the basement. When the war got there – the blast wave blew the doors off. There's nowhere to hide now.

We had to experience that horror every day. You have no idea what it feels like to have a shell fall on your head in the middle of the night… Our dogs died that night. Luckily, the goats survived.

Sappers came to our house.  They found an unexploded shell in the yard. So we could have been killed at any moment.

Only old people stayed in Luhanske. Every day someone dies here from heart attacks or strokes. My health has deteriorated sharply, and my legs won't move. My mother and I get two pensions (1300 UAUH). We have to spend the entire pension on medicines.

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