Kyiv. Russian troops have stepped up attacks on the eastern Ukrainian cities of Svyarodonetsk and Lysikhansk. People who escaped from these areas say that since the last week the shelling has intensified, due to which they were not able to get out of the bomb anti-bomb centers built in the basement. Despite heavy Russian shelling, some fled these areas to Pokrovsk, 130 km south, and on Saturday left for western Ukraine on an evacuation train, which is far from the battlefield.
In the Luhansk region, fighting has intensified in the last important cities under Ukrainian control - Svyarodonetsk and Lysikhansk. The Donbas, made up of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, is at the center of the Russian military's latest operation, which is considered the industrial center of eastern Ukraine. Moscow-backed separatists have been in control of a part of the Donbas for the past eight years and now the Russian army is trying to establish control over the whole of the Donbas. Yana Skakova's eyes were filled with tears as she somehow managed to escape with her 18-month-old baby in her lap amid the bombing. She narrated her ordeal that she was in the basement during the ongoing bombings and eventually came out with her 18-month-old and four-year-old sons, leaving behind her husband. Yana said that in the early days of the fighting, she used to get a chance to cook food on the street and let the children play outside, but the bombing has intensified over the past week.
He told that for the last five days people have not been able to come out of the basement at all. Yana said, “The situation there is very bad. It is very dangerous to come out." He said that on Friday, the police reached to rescue him from the basement, where 18 people, including nine children, were staying for the last two-and-a-half months. Yana said, “We were sitting there when the traffic police came and said that you should leave as soon as possible because it is not safe to live in Lysikansk now.”
He said that no one wanted to leave the city despite heavy bombardment and a lack of electricity, water, and gas. According to Yana, “we did not want to come from there, but had to leave for the sake of our children.” Oksana is 74 years old and her story is no different. She said that on Friday she was evacuated from Lasikhansk along with her 86-year-old husband by foreign volunteers. Seeing the uncertainty of the future, Oksana said, “I am going somewhere, but where, I do not know. Now I am a beggar who has no happiness. Now I have to live with help. It is better that I die.