Sister and brothers living in Ukraine in danger

The second time after 2014 our Sis Elena M, living in Kramatorsk,  is now in danger

According to Donetsk Oblast Governor Pavlo Kyrylenko, Russian forces attacked Kramatorsk with Iskander missiles on July 21, destroying a school and 86 residential buildings. One person was reportedly killed and two people remain trapped under the ruins of the school. The State Emergency Service is on site.

In the first half of this month, Ukraine’s military reported that Russian forces fired on villages in Chernihiv, Kharkov, Donetsk, and Luhansk oblasts. Ukrainian forces also repelled another Russian advance on Vuhlehirsk power plant in Donetsk Oblast.

Farmers have been suffering from hostilities regularly. On July 23, Russia’s shelling killed a farmer in the northern Sumy Oblast. In Zaporizhzhia Oblast, a combine harvester hit a landmine during fieldwork on July 20. The driver survived. But another one in a field near >Kharkov did not survive.

We have three brothers and three sisters in Kharkov, further north east and very close to the border with Russia. In February already Bro Charles there reported he had heard explosions.

Kharkov Mayor Ihor Terekhov said on July 25 that the Kharkiv City Council had already picked 25 bus stops where the city will build underground concrete structures to protect civilians from Russian shelling. The constuction will begin in August. Russian troops regularly hit public transport stops in the eastern city, killing civilians on a daily basis.

According to Kharkov Mayor Ihor Terekhov, Russian troops attacked, an industrial area of the city with S-300 long-range missile systems at around 4:25 a.m. on July 27. Rescuers are working on the scene. No casualties have yet been reported.
Overnight on July 26 a Russian strike hit already a residential area close to downtown.

There are six brothers and sisters in Kiev (Kyiv), the capital. The oldest, Sis Elana survived the Second World  War!  Again unbearable situations are there to confront the citizens, having not enough drinking water and food. Though these are unprecedented times, our Ukrainian brothers and sisters must still go about their lives, even though the threat of strikes is constant.

To continue living anything approaching a ‘normal’ life in a country in the grip of war often comes down to luck. Though street signs outside Kyiv city had been defaced, better to confuse the Russian forces with their maps from the 1960s, people are not afraid to go on those streets, from one place to another. Inside the urban sprawl, the lights are on and cafes busy, if not exactly full. But for our older brothers and sisters, they often have to be bound at their damaged house, and often living in the dark, because there being no electricity.

Interior Minister Denys Monastyrskiy discussed the additional support during German Minister of the Interior and Community Nancy Faeser’s visit to Ukraine on July 25. The increased support will span the investigations of war crimes, cyber crimes and demining efforts on the territories previously subjected to military activities. The German delegation got to witness the demining efforts already underway in the destroyed towns in Kyiv Oblast and at the Antonov airport.
Russian forces destroyed 127 Ukrainian hospitals since the start of war. Health Minister Viktor Lyashko reported that Russian forces have damaged nearly 900 healthcare facilities since Feb. 24. They have also targeted 90 ambulances, seized 250 vehicles, and damaged 450 pharmacies.

The balance of our brothers and sisters are right in the south in the Kherson region, near the Black Sea, where the battle intensifies. Kremlin continues to create regional volunteer battalions, face some mounting dissatisfaction from domestic enclaves. Russian forces keep conducting ground assaults northwest of Sloviansk, east of Siverk, south of Bakhmut, and in Kherson Oblast. Though it seems the Russian army fails to advance in Kherson Oblast, and retreats ‘chaotically.’ Ukrainian troops repelled Russian attacks near the villages of Sukhyi Stavok and Bilohirka near the border between Kherson and Mykolaiv oblasts, the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces reported. On July 24, the Russian military also shelled dozens of settlements in Mykolaiv Oblast, trying to prevent the advance of Ukrainian troops, according to the General Staff.

It still looks very bad for our brothers who are also coming under more pressure from the people who are asking them to take up arms against the enemy. Men from 18 to over 60 have been asked to join the military, which would include some of our members. No men between 18 and 60 may leave the country, only women and children. And if the battle continues for a longer time, those elderly who stayed in their village or city could also come under pressure to defend their house and neighbourhood.

We can only pray to God to protect our brothers and sisters.

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