Tetyana Semernykova-Shopynska from Kharkiv
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On Feb 24th, we woke up in the morning and started to prepare for school. My kids were supposed to leave already, but at the last minute, we received messages from the teachers that the kids were supposed to stay home. The russian soldiers entered the city and started to bomb everything around. We heard the explosions, the aircraft were flying over our heads. It was so scary. It was dangerous to come out of the house. I was pregnant back then. I was very nervous and stressed that’s why I was submitted to the hospital. After I was discharged from the hospital, we went to Poltava, where our friends stayed. It’s safer there, there were no explosions close to our place. I had a premature birth. The scariest moment was when the aircraft fled over our window, and it was so loud. I ran to my kid’s room, hugged them, and cried. I was working in the grocery shop before the war started. My kids were always scared. We all slept wearing clothes so that we knew we were prepared if we had to run. I have three kids- two daughters and a son. We are currently receiving financial support from our government. We also have received help from UNICEF. Currently, we are renting a house in the Poltava region. We would like to save some money to purchase a small house, so my kids will have a place to stay. We would like this nightmare to be over. I want our kids to live happily. I am so much afraid my kids will see rockets, shellings, and people panicking and get lifetime trauma. I pray for us, I pray for my husband and brother, who are serving our country right now.