Far from the front, a road was broken by a strike in eastern Ukraine – 06/16/2022 at 14:42


A Ukrainian flag in front of a house destroyed by a strike on June 15, 2022, in Dobropilia, Donbas region of eastern Ukraine (AFP / ARIS Messinis)

Elena Grujdeva and her children were sleeping in their home, a small Ukrainian town not far from the front line, when an explosion ripped through their roof. The family was saved “by a miracle”.

“Everything in the house was shattered,” said Mrs. Gruzdeva, who was seen on Wednesday clearing the rubble of her small blue house in the suburb of Dobropilia.

Located in the Donetsk region, the city is about 150 kilometers from the center of the battle between Ukrainian and Russian forces.

“We’re safe because we’re in bed.” “If we were standing, we would all be pierced,” said the 45-year-old housewife.

“There was a crack and everything started to fall apart,” he says.

Houses destroyed in Dobropilia on June 15, 2022 in eastern Ukraine (AFP / ARIS Messinis)

Houses destroyed in Dobropilia on June 15, 2022 in eastern Ukraine (AFP / ARIS Messinis)

Early Tuesday morning, a single strike hit the road just off the city’s main thoroughfare, completely flattening a house and killing one person.

Dobropilia suffered only a handful of bombings during the war, as opposed to the northern cities, such as Lysitchansk and Severodonetsk.

But with at least three attacks on Tuesday, residents say Russia could see the city as a crossroads for Ukrainian forces and a future target.

The strike left a huge hole, the blast ripped through the roof and blew out the windows of houses further down the street, many of whose residents have already fled.

Residents clean up debris from a house damaged by a strike on June 15, 2022 in Dobropilia, eastern Ukraine (AFP / ARIS MESSINIS)

Residents clean up debris from a house damaged by a strike on June 15, 2022 in Dobropilia, eastern Ukraine (AFP / ARIS MESSINIS)

Mrs. Gruzdeva’s family ran into a huge cloud of dust and hid in the basement, fearing further attacks.

“We kept our cool. We suspected something like this could happen,” he said. The family has since moved into another home, which was borrowed by their “good man.”

– “Peaceful house” –

According to residents, the man killed in the first house on the street was caring for the missing owners.

Near the pile of rubble, a Ukrainian flag is still flying over a fence post.

A resident clears debris in front of his home in Dobropilia, Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, on June 15, 2022 (AFP / ARIS Messinis)

A resident clears debris in front of his home in Dobropilia, Donbas region of eastern Ukraine, on June 15, 2022 (AFP / ARIS Messinis)

One person who worked on the damaged roof while smoking said: “They hit us and we smiled!”

Vitaly Popelichko, another homeowner who inspected the huge hole in the front of his house, said it was not repairable because “there are cracks in all the walls and it needs to be broken.”

The 33-year-old coal miner escaped with a scratch on his forehead, but looks pale and stunned. He explained that his father, who was inside at the time, was upset.

“So far, from the beginning, there have been ten strikes. But only for yesterday, there were three. That means they are in a position where they can bomb us,” he said.

“Why are they bombing peaceful houses? Who was here? There are no soldiers, no one,” he said.

The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a car depot with a large hangar that could have been the target, although AFP reporters did not see any military vehicles at the scene. Inside.

Houses destroyed in Dobropilia attack in eastern Ukraine on June 15, 2022 (AFP / ARIS Messinis)

Houses destroyed in Dobropilia attack in eastern Ukraine on June 15, 2022 (AFP / ARIS Messinis)

“I don’t know what to call it. It’s medieval,” said Sergei Semenets, a volunteer with the local regional defense force, who soon joined a vehicle carrying humanitarian aid.

Until now, things have been “smooth” in the city, however, he claims, “they want to destroy Ukraine.”

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