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Valentyna Ryzhova

"The night attack is the worst thing"

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I don't let my children go further than the yard – it's calmer this way. It's a terrible time to let them go on their own. Our Maksymilianovka is located in the frontline zone.

The night attack is the worst thing. Therefore, we try to go to bed early.

But this does not help much, children still wake up from the attacks. Natasha screams, even goes hysterical. It's hard to calm her down.

Last year we left the village, but returned a month later. We don't have enough money. You need to rent a house and live on something. We have seven children in our family, and a year ago we had another child, 12-year-old Zhenya, a friend of my eldest son. His mom got drunk and kicked him out of the house. And he came to Maksymilianivka from Mariinka a year and a half ago.

Zhenya's mother is a drunk and does not want to communicate with him. I felt so sorry for him, so I took him in. That's what any mother would do.

We live on social benefits. The humanitarian kits we receive from the Rinat Akhmetov Humanitarian Center help to feed eight of them.

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