Kherson, Russian bodies and exhausted girls under a willow-

from Marta Serafini, sent to Zelenodolsk and Mala Shesterina (Kherson region)

Near the trenches of Kherson, corpses in the middle of the grass, women who lived in the basement for months before fleeing. Tales of “Captain” Oksana

“These are their bodies. The bodies of those dogs. Ukrainian captain Andrei looks toward the horizon, holds a machine gun, and places himself inside a trench. A hundred meters away, six bodies are in the middle of the meadow. They are not even 20 years old. Andrei turns them over one by one. They have The eyes are almond-shaped. He wears the blue and white striped shirts, the shirts that Russian marines usually wear. The flak jackets are in the middle of the mud of the trench. On the metal plates, the inscription St. Petersburg in Cyrillic. “They are Buryat (origin from the area between Mongolia and Siberia, so), those who rape women in Kherson and in the villages are militias that the Russians use for dirty work, ”says Andrey, spitting on the ground.

alcohol and tobacco

Front line, between Mala Shestiryna and Vysokopillya, Kherson Territory. Not even generals would dare to come here. They are afraid of being killed.” Everywhere, deserted villages, few men to protect the animals. “There are only 50 people left, but there are also women and children,” explains Oksana, a 42-year-old captain of the Ukrainian forces. Anton and Artur, two farmers in their sixties, are displaced from an occupied village. The first thing that residents ask for is alcohol and tobacco. It’s foul, it’s filthy. They are not Russians. The two of them started shooting in the air and took the girls downstairs. Then they went out and shot the pigs.

Maria and the others

A little further north, near the Zelenodolsk embankment, policeman Sasha put a Kalashnikov on the car. Throw the stick at the German Shepherd. Ukrainian artillery roar. This is where Nadesda, Tatiana, Valentina, Luda, Maria, Tatiana and Alena arrived. “We left at five in the morning from Vysokopila and Novozzensky (villages in the Kherson Territory, ed.)”. First on a bike, with two bags «everything we can carry. Cars cannot be used because they are confiscated. Then we crossed the Russian checkpoints where our phones were confiscated. We kept walking for 15 kilometers under the bombardment.” Now they are sitting in the shade of a willow. Alone, “because men are not allowed to leave the area. The Russians threaten to recruit them, and if they leave, they should go and fight with the Ukrainians.” The women are waiting to board the bus to Kryvyi Rih. They are exhausted. But they find the strength to say.

“They steal everything”

We lived in the basement for two months without water, electricity, gas, and electricity. For food, we helped each other among the neighbors. The Russians steal everything from shops and homes and then redistribute them to whomever they want.” Maria is crying. He is at least 70 years old. There were Chechens, as well as almond-eyed men. They are more than afraid of us. They put the gun in the mouth of a friend of my husband. Stories that bounce from house to house and phone to phone. They talk about women who were “raped for all to see. No one cared about them because the hospitals stopped working.” They reported homes that the “occupiers” had seized and then returned full of mines. Kherson, which the Russians tightened their grip on after they occupied it in the first days of the invasion. Kherson where it continues Demonstrations of activists opposed to the invaders.And where the Moscow army says that they want to introduce the ruble from tomorrow, as announced yesterday the deputy head of the Military and Civil Administration of the region, Kirill Strimosov, just appointed by the Kremlin forces. “The uniform will be traded with the hryvnia.” Then it becomes Ukrainian currency “waste paper”.

Phones and coins

“They have already set up their own telephone network and broadcast their TV channel,” explains a Ukrainian intelligence man. For days, the Russians were threatening to hold a referendum to annex the city to Crimea. But the men who stayed will defend their homes to the end.” In Kryvyi Rih, 50 kilometers north on the H-11, Military Governor Oleksandr Vilkul and Deputy Mayor Sergey Miliutin, a friend of President Zelensky, are experiencing a face-to-face experience. “We had organized a humanitarian corridor. From Kherson, the green light also came from the Russian side. Do you know what they did? First they captured the convoy leader, then used buses with civilians inside as human shields to attack us,” says Velcol while the leg under the table does not stop moving. We have already received 50,000 people. We will continue to do so.” Under the willow tree, Nadesda, Tatiana, Valentina, Luda, Maria, Tatiana and Alena look at each other. “We are not Nazis. Why are they doing this to us?” they ask. Towards the front line, Sasha scans the sky. The German Shepherd continues to run between the road and the dam. Another rumble. “This blow is coming, better step.”

black smoke

A few kilometers away, some abandoned bikes, a burnt-out car, a wheelchair and a few buggies. “They mean the evacuees were fleeing.” Suddenly Sasha turned around. Another roar and a column of black smoke behind the hill. “It’s been like this for weeks, and this war will never end.”

Apr 29, 2022 (change on Apr 29, 2022 | 23:00)

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