A support conference for Ukraine begins in Paris on Tuesday to help the country get through the winter and begin its reconstruction. Power outages and bombings are daily life for residents of Bagmouth, near the eastern part of the Donbass.
A few buildings still have windows in Bagmouth. It’s the first thing you notice when you enter Donbas, which has been shelled by the Russians for months. Destruction and explosions sound everywhere, sometimes every minute, sometimes every ten Seconds.
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Two women rush home with huge water and humanitarian aid. Lena and Elena are among the last five Doctors for the citizens of Bagmouth. In the question of : Is it possible to work in these conditions, Yelena answers : “what to do ? We are not going to abandon our patients! Some are very old and disabled, who will take care of them? ?”.
Because beneath its appearance a ghost town, Bagmouth is not deserted. Several thousand people still live here, mostly in cellars. The two medical colleagues have been sharing a basement with a dozen other people since August. A stove heats the room, fueled by a generator. And behind the shelter’s curtain, a small head emerges. In pink pajamas, 13-year-old Alina snuggles up against her mother, Lena. “It’s okay, no regretsShe assures. We get used to it over time. No water or electricity for more than three months. But we survive everything.” Elena, she breaks down a little: “Psychologically, it’s hard, very hard.”
“We’re all stressed. I hope it ends one day, it’s been six months since I saw my daughter.”Elena is one of the last five civilian Doctors of Bagmouth
Elena’s voice breaks, and then she immediately apologizes “Moment of Weakness”. Usually, she is the one who consoles the patients.
A life full of suffering
Bagmouth in ruins, By the way, UN Old man from 81 responses, sabka on the head, no longer know whether it is evening or morning. He sawed wood for heat, scraps of boards he took from his former neighbors, in damaged buildings. “Look there and there!, He points out. The windows… everything was broken. What a war this is ?”
“This is not a war, we are exterminating people.”By, 81 ans
“I was born in 41He continues. I was a child during World War II. I know hunger. And now it begins again…”
Natalya ventured out to steal cigarettes from the soldiers. “There’s nothing in Buckmouth, not a shop anymore”, she explains. She still lives in her apartment. However, the building next to him has to stop him. It was blown up by a missile a few weeks ago. We can see a closet, on the second floor, the clothes are still in the hanger.
“Pakmut, before the war, was a pleasant little town”says Nasser, the soldier in charge of supplying the troops. “Look, this crossroads ? The front row is at the end of the street. The Russians are less than two kilometers away., he blurts out. The Ukrainian army is currently constructing new barricades at the entrance to the city.
Volunteers like Yaroslav try every day to get people to leave. For the military, it is not practical to fight knowing the presence of civilians. But many people are used to explosions. “This morning, a grandmother refused to follow us”, He says. His association turns out ten people a day. It’s under a small tunnel that, according to Yaroslav, is Bagmouth’s safe place, where the van waits for the last candidates to leave.
Leonid and Irina boarded the ship in the sixties. “It is very difficult for us to leave our town. Leonid says. But there, we are at the end of our strength and it is no longer possible. Shelling is very powerful. So they go to their son. Against them, they squeeze out some business. “Let Pakmut wait for us!, Lance Leonid. Hope dies last. When the war is over, we’ll come back and rebuild.”
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