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Yana Medyakova

"I understood that my husband died, as soon as I approached him"

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The attacks have not stopped for three years in the row. My husband died in May 2017. There are still traces of blood on the wall of my parents’ house.

I understood that my husband died, as soon as I approached him

Just before that, we were making plans for the future together. My husband recently started to raise bees, but he did not try honey from his own apiary…

It was a shock. It is difficult for me to describe this condition. Because of the dangerous situation, the ambulance could not reach us for three hours. And I understood that my husband was dead as soon as I approached him. I'll remember this hole under my left clavicle for the rest of my life.

Our 11-year-old granddaughter Sofia remembers her grandfather every day. He was so kind! He always played chess with her, helped her, taught her. She with her grandfather assembled the bike, but now the child does not dare to ride it.

I understood that my husband died, as soon as I approached him

Until 2014, Sofia lived in Donetsk with her mother and brother. They decided to run away from the war to their grandparents, but even then the troubles did not pass. I am very afraid for the lives of my daughter and grandchildren. It's very scary, I cannot wish it to anybody.

What should one when the walls start to shake? The children learned it by heart. They say that if shooting starts, people need to collect documents and go to the basement together.

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