Final resident of village in Ukraine's forgotten war bombed out of her home

By On October 07, 2018

Final resident of village in Ukraine's forgotten war bombed out of her home

It seemed that nothing could persuade Olga Rudenko to move; neither the collapse of communism, the outbreak of war, nor the shelling of her village.

She had lived in the Ukrainian hamlet since Leonid Brezhnev ruled from the Kremlin, riding out the collapse of the Soviet empire and the turmoil of its aftermath. Then, in 2014, after fighting erupted between government forces and Moscow-backed insurgents, she found herself just inside rebel-held territory, and on the front line.

Somehow, despite four years of artillery strikes, the falling shells missed her ramshackle smallholding. “We have a saying: ‘If you survive for three days, you become a guest of the war’,” she said when we met. That hospitality has now been withdrawn.

Shelling destroyed the home of Olga Rudenko, the last civilian in Zholobok
Shelling destroyed the home of Olga Rudenko, the last civilian in ZholobokPIERRE CROM

The tiny, battle-scarred hamlet of Zholobok,…

Source: Google News Ukraine | Netizen 24 Ukraine

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