Russia “very worried” about counterattacks near Kharkiv, Ukrainian official says
Ukraine’s fierce resistance to the Russian invasion has resonated world wide.
On the middle of that struggle are bizarre residents who left behind comfy lives to reply a name of responsibility — folks similar to a software program engineer, a logistics supervisor and even a poet.
The realm south of Izium is a key level of resistance in opposition to Russian makes an attempt to fully encircle the Donbas area.
Most civilians have left, and the artillery battles are near-constant. These are a few of the folks attempting to make sure it doesn’t fall into Russian arms.
Anna Arhipova, 22
Anna Arhipova was a logistics supervisor in her hometown of Poltava, northeast Ukraine, earlier than the struggle started.
On the time, her overriding concern was not of the violence, however of “not being helpful,” she says. So she signed up, and now drives a pickup truck to a few of the most harmful areas of the battle.
In a world of bearded, stocky younger males, her slight body cuts an unusual determine. However she says it’s the boys, not her, who’re troubled by her presence.
“All people tells me that I’ve to offer beginning, cook dinner, clear, and do the housekeeping, not be right here,” she says. “It irritates me very, very a lot. I reply that if I want to give beginning, I’d not be right here.”
Alex, who wished to make use of solely his first title out of privateness issues, is a software program engineer from Kharkiv. Final yr, he constructed his personal countryside log cabin.
Now his home, which was on a strategically situated hill, has been lowered to a gap 5 meters deep, and he spends lots of his nights sleeping in a tank named ‘Bunny,’ which was stolen from the Russian navy within the opening weeks of the struggle.
“That is like my private tank,” he explains. “I’m like tank commander and tank proprietor,” he says with fun.
Vlad Sord, 27
Vlad Sord was nonetheless a youngster when he signed as much as struggle for Ukraine in 2014.
“Loads of unusual issues occur there,” explains Sord, as he chain smokes cigarillos. “Issues that I couldn’t clarify, I collected them, compiled them, wrote them down.”
He’s now a broadcast creator and poet. He fights for his nation, and gathers materials to doc what’s occurring.
“I’ve an excellent reminiscence for the dialogues themselves and I take advantage of that. I write the whole lot down.”