My wife and I live all alone in a house with cracks and polyethylene covers instead of windows. We terribly miss our children. We live like hermits. If it wasn't for my wife, I wouldn't have anyone to talk to. All neighbours are gone, the streets are empty, and there is no one left around.
The attacks were so powerful that we almost died. Our dog Toby was hit by a fragment. He must still have a fragment inside, because when it's hot, he can't breathe, he starts wheezing. We thought he wouldn't survive, but he did.
Our land used to feed us - it was rented out either for money or in exchange for grain. And now the land is not cultivated, because everything is mined. We haven't received anything from it for four years.
We do not have enough money, we have to skimp to save money. We live in constant cold. We only heat the house during the day in order to save money. There is not enough coal for the whole winter. Bread delivery is carried out once a week. We have not had water supply in Slavne for four year already. We must walk four kilometers to get water in the well. The military gave us an hour in the morning to go to the well and make a supply of water. Of course, we did not have time to do everything..
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