Antonina Shpandaruk from Kherson
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We are displaced persons from Kherson. After February 24, our life went to hell. My husband and I worked at a factory during the night shift. This plant is located 10 km from Chornobayivka. We heard explosions, saw rockets in the sky, and the airfield was on fire. I was 5 months pregnant, so we could not evacuate. After some time, our survival began. At first, there was no food. The city was empty. There was no money. There were queues of 400-500 people at ATMs. Then Russian soldiers entered the city. They started their so-called “filtration”. It was dangerous to go outside. We stayed at home. There was no bread at first. Shops were closed. No one was ready for this, no one had food stocks for such a long period. My eldest child is 10 years old. Children took badly not the news of the war, but the airstrikes. We adults had to pull ourselves together and not show our fear to our children. At first, we thought that it would not last long. But there was no change for the better. There were more and more Russian soldiers. When I gave birth to a child, I could not make her documents, because the occupiers issued only Russian certificates to children. We decided to leave for the territory controlled by Ukraine. We lived for 3 months in the occupation, so I did not receive social benefits for the child. We moved to Odesa, where we rented a house. We are asking for your help. We could not take anything with us when we fled from the occupation. I am most afraid that we will not return home. Let only walls remain from my house, let Russian marauders take everything, but our home will always be there.