Ukrainians and Russians distinguished themselves on Saturday Eastern Orthodox Christmas in the shade of war, as shellfire echoed around the nearly deserted streets of Ukrainian town of Bakhmut current concentration of fiercest fight in Russia invasion of Ukraine, despite the Moscow declaration of cease-fire for Orthodox Christmas.
brilliant clear sky and dust of Snow lied destruction of a city abandoned by most of prewar population of 70,000 where a humanitarian volunteer is now risk their lives support Those who stayed.
“Dear God,” 75 said, “our town was so beautiful.”year- The first one is old, smartly dressed wearing lipstick as she was carrying shopping bags along street.
“There were roses everywhere, flowers,” she said addedbarely swinging at sound of distant boom. It was clean; everything was kept in ranking.”
Moscow said on Saturday its forces in Ukraine maintains the 36-hour ceasefire announced by President Vladimir Putin until midnight, although Ukraine rejected the offer.
It said its forces responded only with artillery fire when he was shot by Ukrainian forces; Reuters could not verify the source of I heard the shells in Bakhmut.
“Cease fire, you know how does this work? He said 30-year- Humanitarian volunteer Vasyl Lisin.
When Putin says There is a cease-fire, it is the other way round: There is no cease-fire. They bombed us Yesterday a lot. Then, during the night, it was just like that more or less quiet. But that how Usually it would be: one On the day there was bombing, and next Today it is much quieter.
a drive About Bakhmut who sits on The frontline dividing Ukraine’s Donetsk province is revealing the scars of months of The bombing, from shattered storefronts to worn-out workshops and ruined businesses.
volunteers like Located in help to maintain “invincible centers”, set up to save electricity, heatwater, internet, mobile Free phone calls and medicines of Charge as destroy Russian attacks basic civil infrastructure.
Centers may display an indomitable spirit but are far from invulnerable.
“When we visited another indomitable point yesterday for 15-20 minutes rocket hit us. He has harmed a volunteer vehiclekill one person, and four wounded,” said Lisin, wearing Helmet and bulletproof vest.
Volunteers were injured and one A local Bakhmut volunteer lost a limb and was evacuated. Amal people She was in Protect them gearBut the situation is not clear. we know They were seriously injured.”
the first one, who declined to give Her nickname poured contempt on The idea of No respite at Christmas from the Russian offensive. “I think they are cheating us; “It’s very clear to me,” she said.
“What else can I tell you? If someone makes a promise, someone must fulfill it. Promises are made to stay. I don’t understand; What are they doing need? “