Her niece Margaret looked up at her. “When are we going to the city to find mom?” she asked. Ms Sorochan has been looking after the girl for her sister, who lives in another town considered more dangerous by her family.
The Sorokans, awakened by sirens and three explosions, have rushed to the basement of the building. Their neighbour’s daughter-in-law was killed, as were the parents of a friend of Ms Sorochan’s. “We’re afraid to stay here again,” said her father, Victor Sorokan.
Another couple, Vyacheslav and Iryna Odaynik, approached. do you live here? “We used to live here,” Mr. Odynick said. In March, they traveled to Moldova with their two children. But the kids are not happy, they come back for the weekend from time to time. “We were here a week ago and everything was calm,” he said.
Now they’re back to assess the damage to their seventh-floor apartment, but haven’t been allowed in. Mr. Odenik stared at it.
“Putin wants to occupy Ukraine, everything,” Mr Sorochan said.
More than four months into the war, most Ukrainians seem to see no end to it, despite their firm belief that victory will be theirs. Families are scattered. No place seems completely safe, not even a small summer resort in the southwestern corner of Ukraine, far from the war of attrition in the Donbass. Ukraine has insufficient weapons for a broad counterattack, although driving the Russians from Snake Island illustrates the depth of the country’s resistance.
“We need more support from the West and we urge our allies to expedite the delivery of much-needed weapons,” said Deputy Minister Ye Ning. “These are critical weeks of the war.” He added that the Russian rockets “were launched from the Black Sea.”