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War in Ukraine: A Basement Diary from Kharkiv

Under fire: From a basement in Kharkiv, Ruslan Niyazov is keeping a diary, writing to keep the constant danger and fear at bay. In his posts from underground, he describes everyday scenes, hopes and worries. Excerpts from a digital war diary.

Day Seven and Russia’s war of aggression has already starkly disfigured Kharkiv. The second-biggest city in the country, located in northeast Ukraine, Kharkiv is under constant fire. The centre around Freedom Square has already been largely destroyed. Residential neighbourhoods are also under daily attack. Dozens of people have been killed, and many more injured. Many people are trying to leave the city. Those who can’t or don’t want to leave are holing up in subways and basements. One of them is Ruslan Niyazov, who writes to stave off the constant danger and fear. In his messages and posts for friends on social networks, he describes everyday scenes, his hopes and worries, and sometimes shares photos and short live videos.

Whole article: https://www.goethe.de/prj/zei/en/zgt/23052450.html

Excerpts from Ruslan Niyazov’s digital war diary excerpted by Peggy Lohse for the German-Czech-Slovak online magazine Jádu. | Translation: Eric Rosencrantz 

via www.goethe.de