[PHOTOS] In Bakhmut, Donbass, residents endure relentless shelling

[PHOTOS] In Bakhmut, Donbass, residents endure relentless shelling

[PHOTOS] In Bakhmut, Donbass, residents endure relentless shelling

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The fighting is taking place in eastern Ukraine, in the Donbass. The city of Bakhmut became the epicenter of the confrontation between the Russian and Ukrainian forces, but the city was not completely evacuated.

From our special correspondent, Clea Broadhurst

We don’t live here, we just exist… This is what a passerby says in front of the handful of inhabitants gathered at the foot of a building, near a small makeshift stove made of bricks. Galina is 80 years old, she comes here every day to talk to her neighbors.

Galina, a resident of Bakhmut. © Clea Broadhurst/RFI

We are always talking to each other, whether it is here or at my house. There aren’t many people here anymore. People meet, we are together and that allows us to evacuate what we feel, this burden. Either I stay home alone or I talk to people… Of course it’s important “.

Next to her is a bag with apples that she bought on the street. Very few stores are still open. Lesia had three before the war, today she sells her products on the sly: We live as we can, and people need to eat, so we bring what we have, we sell it on the street, we work… We help everyone we can help, because we are all united “.

For Ukraine, we are ready to live without gas, without electricity, without water… Ready to eat the bread of the poor. For Ukraine. We will endure it, because we are resistant. “. Bombproof determination.

In this building in Bakhmut, few windows have remained intact.
In this building in Bakhmut, few windows have remained intact. © Clea Broadhurst/RFI

It is mainly the elderly who have stayed in Bakhmut, a city in the Ukrainian Donbass, the scene of violent clashes.
It is mainly the elderly who have stayed in Bakhmut, a city in the Ukrainian Donbass, the scene of violent clashes. © Clea Broadhurst/RFI

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