Her granddaughter, Margarita, looked up at her. “When are we going to town and see mom?” she asked. Miss Sorochan took care of the girl for her younger sister, who lived in another town that the family considered more dangerous.
The Sorochans, awakened by a siren and three explosions, rushed into the cellar of the building. Their neighbor’s daughter-in-law was killed, as were the parents of one of her friends Sorochan. “We were afraid to stay here much longer,” said her father, Viktor Sorochan.
Another couple, Vyacheslav and Iryna Odaynik, approached. Do you live here? “We used to live here,” Mr. Odaynik said. They left with their two children for Moldova in March. But the kids weren’t happy and every now and then they came back for the weekend. “We were here a week ago and everything was peaceful,” he said.
They have now returned once again to assess the damage in their seventh-floor apartment, but have yet to be allowed in. Mr. Odaynik stared at it.
Mr. Sorochan said, “Putin wants to take Ukraine, all.”
More than four months after the war, most Ukrainians seem to see no end to it, even as they express their unwavering belief that victory will be theirs. Families are scattered. No place seems completely safe, not even a small summer resort in the southwestern corner of Ukraine, far from the war of attrition in the Donbas. The weapons that Ukraine had were not enough for a large-scale counter-attack, although driving the Russians off Snake Island is testament to the depth of the country’s resistance.
“We need more support from the West, and we call on our allies to accelerate much-needed arms shipments,” said Deputy Minister Yenin. “These are critical weeks of the war.” He added that the Russian missiles “were fired from the Black Sea.”