Stories of people fleeing the war

24 june 2022
Stories of people who moved to Lviv fleeing active hostilities in their region.
Our guests - migrants who come to the office at 27 Fedorov Street, not only come to receive humanitarian aid, they carry with them a universe of memories, feelings and experiences that we are interested in discovering by communicating with them. These people came from different regions, mainly from eastern Ukraine, as well as from the southern regions and Kyiv region. Their stories touch the living and give an understanding of what war is for the average Ukrainian. We publish some excerpts from interviews with them.

Tatiana, Kurakhovo, Donetsk region June 12

Tatiana came to Lviv from the city of Kurakhovo, Donetsk region. The woman has been here for two months. She says that a rocket hit near her house, not a single whole window remained.

"On February 21, Putin recognized the L / DNR, and we already knew that war would break out. On the 24th I woke up at five o'clock from my son's call, he lived and worked in Kharkiv, in Saltivka. He said he heard very loud explosions and said, "Mom, this is a war."

"I left Donetsk in March, first to Dnipropetrovsk region. And at the end of March I returned to Kurakhovo, where I lived for about a month and a half. It was morally very difficult to hear the constant night shelling. Marinka, Krasnohorivka, Novoselivka, Gulyay Pole, Vugledar - constant shelling, all this could be heard, it was impossible to sleep at night. Then our Kyrylenko (Head of Donetsk OVA) called on everyone to evacuate immediately. 30 percent of the population remained in the city; pharmacies, shops closed, it was impossible to live. Prices are crazy, no cash, banks are closed. I gathered and went to Lviv (April 10).

Before the war, Ms. Tatiana worked in the accounting and finance department of the military-civil administration of the city of Marinka. Ms. Tetyana categorically states: if our region is occupied, I do not want to live in the DNR, I want to live only in Ukraine! Tatiana speaks Ukrainian very well and switches to it easily: "In Lviv, they said that they did not even expect that we were from Dnipropetrovsk, a very good Ukrainian."

109th day of full-scale Russian invasion.

Dmytro, Kharkiv, June 12.

"We are one of those people who saw the beginning of this war, because our house is on the district, and the district faces Chuguev. Chuguiv was heavily bombed, we have the eighth floor, the windows shook a lot. When the explosions stopped a bit, we went to the subway, lived there for about 2.5 - 3 weeks, spent the night. Two weeks later, we were taken through a tunnel to another station, because the Russians began to approach the one where we still lived. They lived at this station, and then decided that they should go. " (Dmytro and his wife have a five-month-old son, who was three months old at the beginning of the war. In total, the family has three children, the eldest is 17).

"First we went to Uzhhorod, then to Lviv. Now we are here: me, my wife, my youngest child and my middle child. The senior studied at the military university in Kharkiv, was there, now they were brought to the Lviv region, they work, shoot down rockets… When 6 rockets flew to Lviv on Easter, they worked, shot everything! ”

06/12/2022 109th day of full-scale Russian invasion.

Maria Anatoliyivna, Zaporizhia, June 13.

Maria Anatoliyivna is a lecturer at Zaporizhzhya University, has three daughters, and lived in a university dormitory before the war.

"In Zaporozhye, we live in a dormitory near the station, and next to the station there is a plant" Motor Sich ". On March 15, a rocket hit the Zaporizhzhya-2 station, and frames, windows, and doors flew into the dormitory. So we were offered to stay here in Lviv in cooperation with the university. Lviv National University also provided a dormitory and everything is fine, we live here now. But now they are planning to settle the entrants in the dormitory, so they will have to leave soon. "

On March 18, Maria and her children arrived in Lviv, and her husband remains at home. Maria's mother and brother stayed in the town of Polohy, a hundred kilometers from Zaporizhia: "We communicate every day, they have active battles. At first, Pologi was badly damaged by Russian troops because they were on the highway. OTG had about 50,000 inhabitants, 25,000 left, and about 25,000 occupiers. You can imagine how they live side by side in these battles… There have been many cases of shells hitting houses, fires. Fortunately, my family is fine. We communicate with them, they tell us how difficult the situation is, how difficult it is to live in such conditions when they plant a garden and shells fly over them. "

"In Lviv, we also witnessed three rocket attacks, but in general, the shelling from the sky is roulette, you can't run away from it, we just ran away from the front line. In Lviv, children can learn and develop, and in Zaporizhia we just counted the worries. "

Natalia and her daughters are fluent in Ukrainian, even academic Ukrainian. The family is educated; the daughters admit that it is more convenient to speak Ukrainian and this is surprising, because it is quite unusual, as for Russian-speaking Zaporozhye. Maria admits that this is probably the merit of the university community, otherwise they would also naturally fall under the influence of the Russian-speaking environment."

06/13/2022 110th day of full-scale Russian invasion.