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On the second of June, our family celebrated another birthday. That day a rocket hit our house

On the second of June, our family celebrated another birthday. That day a rocket hit our house

We met this wonderful family in the village of Petrivske, Kharkiv Oblast, as part of the "Humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable population of Kharkiv region". Petrivske has been under the occupation of Russian aggressors for more than six months, and during this time the fate of many of its residents has changed radically.

"When the full-scale war started, we were at home. No one warned us or planned the evacuation of the village population, and the head of the village council simply fled. Quite quickly, the Russian invaders entered our village, their column was about 18 kilometers away. The occupation began on March 2, and in two weeks they destroyed everything that we and all the other villagers had built for centuries. As it turned out later, our village was on the way to the city of Izyum, where the invaders were trying to reach but got lost. We realized that they could do anything to us. The Nazis were looking for all the lists of people who had military cards, that is, those who, according to their logic, could have weapons. They were destroying everything in their path: looting houses, killing animals, even children's things, and they were prey for them. Their attitude towards the locals was even worse: they captured men, tied them to a radiator, kicked them, mocked and tortured them. The same thing happened to our godfather, whom we searched for about three days until we found his mutilated body in the bushes. We realized that they could do anything to us. The Nazis were looking for all the lists of people who had military cards, that is, those who, according to their logic, could have weapons. They were destroying everything in their path: looting houses, killing animals, even children's things, and they were prey for them. Their attitude towards the locals was even worse: they captured men, tied them to a radiator, kicked them, mocked and tortured them. The same thing happened to our godfather, whom we searched for about three days until we found his mutilated body in the bushes. We had to say goodbye to him to the sound of unabated rocket explosions. Our everyday life under occupation was spent in the basement, where we were joined by seven other families who were also looking for at least some safety. Every day, listening to the sound of air strikes, we prayed for one thing: that it would finally be over. On June 2, our family had another birthday. That day a rocket flew right into our house. Everything was shattered: our house, all the equipment, everything that was the work of our hands. We thank God that we are alive after all this". - said Vitaliy, the father of the Nesterenko family.

The project "Humanitarian aid for the most vulnerable population of Kharkiv region" worth 200 thousand euros is funded with the support of the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia, as well as with the assistance of the partner Caritas Slovenia. It is intended for more than 4 thousand vulnerable households in the Kharkiv region. The target group is 464 households that receive food and hygiene kits for 3 months.

This project is co-financed by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Slovenia. The project/ statement etc. express the opinion of Caritas Spes Ukraine/Slovenia and it doesn’t represent the official position of Slovene government.” On each party website, link to the web subside of Ministry of foreign affairs and information about the project and its progress must be published as well.

 

12 October 2023
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