The center in the north of the country, located on the outskirts of Kiev and in the Buča region, still bears the marks of the occupation of the Moscow military forces, among ruins, large V designed by soldiers and the marked statue of Taras Shevchenko
Postcard by Borodyanka. The city that most of all around Kyiv has the full list of horrors of war still exposed, with living flesh (WAR IN UKRAINE, SKY TG24 SPECIAL – REPORTS AND DIRECTIONS FROM UKRAINE).
The famous shallow residential buildings occupied by drones in the first weeks of the fighting have been secured to allow people to pass. But they remain as they are. The ruins from which dozens of corpses were retrieved have been removed, now there is only one gap. Apparently the government is thinking of leaving them like this, in eternal memory of the Russian invasion.
A few meters away, children and teenagers swing or are pushed on the playground.
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For those who must continue to live here, everywhere, in the shops, on the roofs, on the walls, remain the small and large Vs designed by Russian soldiers as proof of their passage.
Nothing is missing from the list. Armed vehicles were engulfed in flames, airstrikes, grad missiles, artillery shells. Damaged houses. Shopping malls, gyms and shops were destroyed. And the headquarters where the Russian administration settled that occupied the city, with a trench dug to defend the site. In Borodyanka everything is reminiscent of the days of occupation.
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And the solidarity machine also came to help and give hope to those who must return to live here. The post office, for example, has been badly damaged, but a group of volunteers has already begun repairs. One of the boys shows us a mailbox with twisted metal sheets: they retrieve the old letters that are left and have not been sent. They will put new stamps on it and send them to the recipients.
Then came the first sections for temporary housing from Poland to house those who are no longer homeless. They will be ready in a week. 300 will live here near the stadium.
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Before leaving, we return to the square and find another scar mark. The statue of the greatest national poet Taras Shevchenko, Dante Alighieri of the Ukrainian language, spent 7 years in Russian prisons and others in exile. The Russian bullets hit it and destroyed it, but they did not knock it down, it is still here watching the destruction done by the invaders.