Sat. Jun 15th, 2024

Stari Petrivtsi is a small town on the outskirts of Kyiv, just 50 minutes from the centre of the city, and now the latest place to show the scars of Russia’s war on Ukraine.

Houses on both sides of a dirty street have been totally destroyed, rooves blown in, and fences blasted off their posts.

But miraculously, no-one was killed, although four people were injured, according to local authorities.

It’s not yet clear whether the damage was caused by a direct missile attack or whether it was collateral damage from Ukraine’s air defence systems.

People were going about their daily business: a 12-year-old boy was at home alone while his mother was at work. He had the sense to go to the cellar, but he thought in the moment of the blast that he could die, and that everything they have here could be destroyed.

He’s long used to living in fear, but today was the worst he’s experienced.

This 12-year-old boy was home alone at the time of the explosions

By Joy

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