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Russia-Ukraine war: ‘Constantly depressing’

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Russia-Ukraine war: ‘Constantly depressing’

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The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine confirm the grim humanitarian toll of the Russian invasion.
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Yesica Fisch, Evgeniy Maloletka

War has again drawn near to Toretsk in eastern Ukraine. Residents are frightened by the sound of plastic bottles crackling.

“Anything that is happening, any noise, if our neighbours bang the door, a metal door, you are shocked,” said resident Andriy Cheromushkin. You feel helpless. “

Half of the more than 32,000 residents have fled. Many people who are still living in poverty lack basic resources and money. Anger is increasing, as well as depression.

Andriy Cheromushkin carries containers with water in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 25. Photo / AP
Andriy Cheromushkin carries containers with water in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 25. Photo / AP

“I collect rainwater. Yes. I cook with the rainwater. This water is what I use to cook my dog’s food. This water is used to clean my floors. This water is used to wash the clothes. It cleans the whole house. It is normal. It is the 21st century. It is the nuclear power century! Irina Anatolievna, a resident said.

She waited in a long line with other exhausted residents on Monday for a water distribution now that running water has disappeared. People walked off with empty bottles as they passed memorials to World War I, and World War II.

Local residents stand in line to receive drinking water at a distribution centre in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 25. Photo / AP
Local residents stand in line to receive drinking water at a distribution centre in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 25. Photo / AP

Before Russia’s invasion, conflict last gripped Toretsk in 2014, when it was captured by pro-Russian separatists. Later that year, Ukrainian forces took it back.

Now the mining town is just a few kilometres from the separatist-controlled Donetsk region. The advance of Russian forces is being resisted by Ukrainians not far from the mining town.

The explosions and sounds of artillery are loud, residents said.

But it is not so easy to leave. Others are older. Others have very young children. Others, such as Cheromushkin have no work.

Local residents receive drinking water at a distribution centre in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 25. Photo / AP
Local residents receive drinking water at a distribution centre in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 25. Photo / AP

“You don’t know what will happen tomorrow, let alone the next minute,” Cheromushkin said. Tatiana Cheromushkin, his wife, described the current situation as “constantly depressing.” “

It is also a constant source of worry for Vasyl Chynchyk, the head of civil and military administration of Toretsk.

“The enemy is cunning. He said that the enemy does not care about infrastructure and doesn’t concern about civilians. The enemy uses intimidation and mass bombardment to accomplish its goals. “

A man hauls a bicycle with a part of a tree branch in front of a coal mine in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 25. Photo / AP
A man hauls a bicycle with a part of a tree branch in front of a coal mine in Toretsk, eastern Ukraine, on April 25. Photo / AP

The most important task now is evacuating residents while the town is more or less calm, he said.

But evacuation takes energy, and Tatiana says she has none left.

“I want to believe that it will come to an end soon,” she said. She said, “They’ll come to an agreement. “

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