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Maryna Tsybulska

"Shrapnel broke through the walls of houses, and I thought this was the end"

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Daughter Diana doesn't remember anything [about the war]. When the fighting started in Donetsk, she was only two years old. I took her for a walk during the nonshooting situation. Suddenly, I was terrified – somewhere far away shells began to explode. I just felt like I had to leave the playground. As soon as we ran away from the place where we were, shells began to fall there.

Shrapnel broke through the walls of houses, and I thought this was the end. I wanted to die at that moment, but I thought about the child. I had a terrible shock. I was lost for words. I managed to cover the child's ears. I didn't even think about myself at that moment.

Only a few hours later I realized that I went deaf in one ear. I went to the doctor to examine the child and found out that my daughter was fine, but I had a concussion. Treatment and rehabilitation were required.

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