Naste Balanov’s grandson lives in the barn. There was nothing left for the other family. They come from the small village of Horenka near Kyjiva. The Russians shot at her first, then they entered her, then when they moved, the Ukrainians shot at her (on them). Nasťa was not surprised to find ruins instead of her house. Her neighbors called her. Still, she couldn’t hold back her tears. Photo – Iva Zímová “We fled on March 5th. To Chernivtsi. And on the sixth, our neighbors call us that our house has burned down. They also sent us a video, “recalls Nasťa, a mother of seven. She returned home in late April. And she moved in with a neighbor. “We had a freezer here, there was a TV table. And there were beds. Very nice beds. In this half, the son lived with his family. We each had our own fireplace. We lived next to each other, but we each had our own heating. And there used to be a granddaughter in this part. You see, it all burned down for her, too. Even children’s bikes. When the children came back, they were not interested in the house, but they ran to look for bicycles. So they cried… Nobody has given us anything yet. Sometimes someone comes and promises help. There is supposed to be a commission that decides what anyone is entitled to. But they still meet or what, and they don’t decide anything. If we work it out now and start building something, will they believe that we’ve had it broken? I’m an uneducated woman, I don’t know what to do… And so my children still live in the stable. I would also be grateful for some bricks. ”Horenka does not appear in newspaper headlines such as Buča and Irpiň. And unlike the “more famous” Ukrainian locations, it is still without electricity, without water – and without bricks. Nevertheless, this article is the exclusive content for subscribers of Diary N. Are you a subscriber?
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