Yevheniya Mishchenko from Polohy
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Good day! My name is Yevheniya. I moved with my family from the occupied town of Polohy. When the war started, we hid in a bomb shelter in the school. We stayed there for 5 days, it was winter outside. My child got sick. We returned to the apartment. We had no light, no heating, and very little food. It was scary when the occupiers entered the town. They killed people, they pointed guns at us. We walked around with white armbands. The occupiers shot people who did not have a white armband. They shot through the window if they saw a candlelight in the house. There was a man who brought milk to the town on a bicycle. He gave milk to everyone for free because there was no food in our town. When he was riding back, the occupants shot him. This man had 4 children left. Then they (russians – ed.) put a checkpoint near us. After that, we decided to flee. I was afraid for my child. We went to Zaporizhzhya. It was scary to leave because we heard stories that convoys of cars with civilians were shot. The occupiers stopped us at the checkpoint in Orikhiv, robbed us, and threatened us. We asked them to let us go because we have small children. Now we live in Zaporizhzhya. My husband and I used to work in a funeral service. Shortly before the full-scale war we bought an apartment, made repairs there. We lived there for 4 months. We lost our home. Russians lived there but left, taking all the valuables from the apartment. We do not know if our apartment survived. My daughter is very scared, she is 3 years old. She is afraid of every sound. Now the situation in Zaporizhzhya is also difficult, rockets are flying every day and killing innocent people. The worst thing for me is to see my child dead. I ask God for help every night. We rent a house, the rent is expensive. We receive social benefits from the state. It is difficult to find a job now. It is very hard for us. I ask for help. I believe that someday it will all end, that we will survive this war. We believe in the Armed Forces of Ukraine, we believe in victory. Peaceful sky to all of us, thank you for your attention!