When ruzzians entered Ukraine in the north through belaruz, they intended to take the capital, Kyiv. However they were met with fierce resistance around the city and set up their bases wherever they could. This has played out really badly for the Chernihiv region that borders on Kyiv.
Together with a group of volunteers organized by a church, we’ve again delivered several vans of humanitarian aid to de-occupied towns. In addition the church folks created an entertainment program to cheer up the kids in Kolychivka.
Kolychivka has become a place of refuge for a lot of people including children from neighboring villages, because it has been comparably spared. It was under crossfire, but hasn’t been occupied by ruzzian cockroach-orcs, thus only a few dozens of buildings have been destroyed and there have been no continuous atrocities going on there.
Yet, the humanitarian situation is tough, because the refugees have lost all of their possessions including clothing and jobs to generate enough income to feed their families. In addition the two small, local grocery shops have been hit by artillery fire and are out of business. The displaced within the community are heavily reliant on volunteers for bringing food on their tables and getting some decent cloths for a change.
One of the locals, whose car was damaged by ruzzian warfare, brought his daughters to get some aid and grandchildren to play gave Dima (the volunteer photographer, whose pictures you can see) and me a quick ride around town to show the destroyed sites. Even if there are just a few of those in town you still can imagine the horror and suffering of the people that were killed there.
While the show was going on we moved ahead to the next village on the route – Budy. It is a smaller village, whose outskirts were full of invading ruzzians and their deadly machinery. Its population dropped significantly, but not everyone could flee and as a lot of the homes there were wiped out many people died.
The remaining population of Budy helps each other as much as possible and people take in the neighbors that have lost their homes.
One of the folks whose whole life’s posessions burned down to the ground is Mykola. His house, garage, and everything got hit by a cluster rocket. Its carcass remains there and he joked about being the lucky guy in town as he showed us the burned down rubble of his home.
Right next to the place where I parked to distribute the aid there was a home, where a mother got killed by ruzzian mortar fire right in front of her little son and husband. The man went mental because of this. The child is now practically an orphan, but his grandparents have of course taken him in. However it won’t still the pain inflicted upon him and his family by the ruzzian terrorists and murderers.
Next to that horror is a home that went barely touched. A grandma and mother live there together with one of the neighboring women, whose home was demolished, too. It seems as though they’re all from the same family, because of warmth of the way they speak to each other. They knew we were coming again and invited us for dinner, which was delicious and done with love as a sign of gratitude for our help in their community.
Holes in the steel gate and a completely destroyed barn echo the occupation and fighting that was going on in and around this village. A lot of the fields, where there will be no crop this year are contaminated with high explosives, mines and other dangerous crap that the disgusting, inhuman ruzzians left behind.
The third location on this humanitarian run was Ivanivka, where people badly needed food, because for some reason this village gets skipped by a lot of volunteers. And this is one of the cons of decentralized volunteer efforts. Although quick to react, without a system to coordinate efforts some places and people get skipped while others receive extras.
Ivanivka has up to 50 households remaining and that’s exactly as how many of the food packs we reserved for them so that everyone would get some.
Most people in the villages ride bicycles at any age up until the point, when they can’t walk or move. A very few got motorcycles. Those that had cars either left or had them burned down, it seems.
The concluding chapter of this ride was the most heavily damaged village on this list – Yahidne. People of this small town suffered a lot at the hands of ruzzian sadists.
That’s not the first time delivering aid there. We stopped in the center of town right at the former cultural center. While the second van was unloading and several people were giving out aid, a group of us, including the youngsters that took care of entertaining the kids in the other village, went to the local school basement to witness the horror. The ruzzians turned the school basement into concentration camp style death chambers for the locals from the 4th to the 31st of March 2022. The ruzzian orcs held over three hundred people in the dark, damp, stale, cold, moldy, overcrowded place for a month, while they occupied the rest of the school building, as well as, the town.
Eleven people died in the basement because they were older and their hearts couldn’t handle the stuffy air and constant terror any longer . Six people from the basement were executed. Their deaths were documented by people in the basement by writing names and marking dates on a calendar scratched on the wall, scribbled on a door. Numerous people from the town were put to death right behind the school according to witness reports.
Numerous girls and women were raped by the ruzzians right in the school building. The captive civilians weren’t allowed to exit most of the time to even go to the toilet and the three hundred people had to use a bucket for their needs. Water was very limited and food was scarce. Sometimes everyone, including kids, went without eating for days sitting in the dark basement.
Whenever the ruzzian scumbags were in a bad mood they would beat someone or just leave everyone without food, water and the possibility to go out onto the yard for some fresh air. Since they were usually hung over, they were in a bad mood. The ruzzians ate and drank all of the reserves they would find in private homes, and fed their Ukrainian captives outdated ruzzian military food rations with rot inside.
After the ruzzian occupants were forced to retreat, as the folks from the basement say, it became abnormally quiet. The people escaped from the basement by breaking open the door. What they witnessed outside was just horrible. With their homes destroyed, hundreds of neighbors missing, stench from rotting bodies, mass graves, minefields and random explosives around town they found themselves in a new reality – that’s what the ruzzians call “russian world”.
Photos by Dima Kornilov