Russian Radio Sound Spreads Fear in Ukraine’s War Zone. PHOTO/Reuters
As AFP reports, the six terrified men and women huddled in the heart of eastern Ukraine’s war zone don’t know whether to believe the monotone voice – or who is actually patrolling the beleaguered city streets of Lysychansk above their heads.
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All they knew was that, a few days earlier, their building had been hit by a Grad shot that sent the tail end of one of the unexploded rockets sticking out of the pavement at a sharp angle just steps from the back door.
“The Russians on the radio just said they had Bakhmut. Is that true?” Natalia Georgiyevna anxiously asks about a city 50km to the southwest that is still under full Ukrainian control.
“We didn’t really know anything,” added her neighbor Viktoria Viktorovna from a corner bed placed just beyond the beam of light that shone on a patch of damp basement. “I guess we still have Ukrainians here, don’t we?”
Nearly three months of war have turned this coal-mining town of 100,000, mostly Russian-speaking people, into a desert that lacks everything from water and electricity to cell phone service.
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Most of the people who crawled out of their shelters during the afternoon lull in the fighting headed straight for the city’s only natural spring to stockpile the water they had to boil to make it safe to drink.