Malvina Asaturyan from Donetsk
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Hello! We are the Asaturyan family. These are my children. Alex is 2 years old, he is very sad now, Milana is 7 years old and Alina is 10 years old. When the war started, we were sleeping. Then we were going to go to school. My parents called me from Donetsk. We are also from Donetsk. When the war started there in 2014, we left there for Kharkiv. We lived in Kharkiv for several years, now the war is here. The parents said that the news was saying that the war had started. When we woke up at 7 am, we heard everything. People ran to supermarkets for food and water. We also went to get water. The children heard these sounds, got scared, and panicked. We were going down into the bomb shelter. Sometimes we were hungry because there was no food. I did not take many products with me. Life changed, it became very difficult for us, and we lost our jobs. We lost everything. We stay at home all the time, trying to be safe. Now it has become a little calmer, I have the opportunity to cook something in the kitchen. At first, I couldn’t even cook anything, because the air alarm started as soon as I started to prepare food. The husband lost his main job and now has only temporary part-time jobs. These funds are not enough for food or apartment rent. Before the war, I worked as a seller in a confectionery store. We do not live in the occupied territory. I receive state benefits of UAH 860 for a smaller child and UAH 1,700 for a large family. I have not received humanitarian aid from UNICEF and the Red Cross. I did not have time to apply for assistance from UNICEF, because the application has already closed. We rent an apartment, but we don’t have enough money to rent an apartment. If we don’t pay for the apartment, we will be homeless. Fortunately, our apartment is still intact. We live here. We receive humanitarian aid, it saves us a little. We really need help. I see Ukraine in the future as it was before. Kharkiv is a beautiful and cheerful city. We wanted to live here in the future, not return to Donetsk. We really liked it here. We hope that we will stand and Ukraine will win. I am afraid that my children will not go hungry. This is what I fear the most. I want my children to be with me so that nothing will happen to them, that no rocket will touch them.