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In the spirit of open journalism to which The Guardian is committed, we occasionally bring you extracts from normally rival outlets, simply to better inform our readers about the huge region of war-affected Ukraine, and in more of the collection of information, testimonies and analyzes that our own reporters – and those of the press agencies to which we are subscribed – put in place in the field.

Here are some reports from New York Times Saturday, departing from Dnipro, Ukraine.

The US newspaper writes: Svitlana Kyrychenko, 47, boarded a bus from Kramatorsk on Saturday morning with only a few days of clothes, fleeing the eastern town where she had lived all her life the day after a strike missile on its railway station left dozens dead and many others injured.

After an hour-long journey to the central Ukrainian city of Dnipro, she waited with her modest luggage at the city’s central train station and searched for a place to stay, along with her 18-year-old daughter, mother and aunt. The station, a hub for people heading west, was packed with exhausted families carrying what they could, many with pets.

“I didn’t bring anything with me. I only brought my documents and my clothes to change for a few days,” Kyrychenko said.

Kyrychenko said she had already decided to leave before the strike. She had heard warnings on the news in the previous days that the next Russian offensive would envelop Kramatorsk.

Russian troops are coming, so we are leaving to save our lives. We weren’t going to leave, because we thought the war wouldn’t affect our town.

Kramatorsk has been a key military hub for Ukrainian troops since 2014, when Russian-backed separatists seized territory in Donbass, an area roughly the size of [the state of ] New Hampshire. As signs mount that Moscow is shifting its military focus east, officials have urged residents of the city and region to get out quickly.

A former medical worker, Kyrychenko heard in detail from her colleagues about the strike that killed at least 52 civilians. “It was terrible,” she said through tears, remembering descriptions of a nightmarish scene and dozens of people with horrific injuries.

Authorities warn of a long and overwhelming offensive in the east, but she still hoped she would be back in Kramatorsk soon. “I think it will be over in a week,” she added. “I really hope.”

Marina, a woman from Sloviansk, a town north of Kramatorsk considered a major target for Russian forces, had recently evacuated to Dnipro with her children. She was waiting for a bus that would take her to Lviv, in western Ukraine.

It’s mentally tough there,” she said of her hometown. “I haven’t slept for two days.”

This dispatch is from Thomas Gibbons-Neff of The New York Times.

He tweeted it on Friday.

Thomas Gibbons-Neff

Landmines on a timer, strewn over a Ukrainian town. @johnismay

April 8, 2022


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