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The story by Natalia Sydoruk from Ivankiv, Kyiv region
I am the founder of an agricultural enterprise from Ivankiv, near Kyiv. We grow agricultural products: corn, sunflower, soybeans, wheat, rye, and barley. We work in Kyiv, Zhytomyr, and Dnipropetrovsk regions.
Now our farm, which we have been working on since 2010, is lost
We were in bed at home in Kyiv when we heard the first explosions at 5 o'clock on February 24… Ivankiv district of the Kyiv region was captured on February 25. It was under occupation from late February to April 1. About 40 armored personnel carriers entered our base. The occupiers set up a command post on the farm, and snipers settled in the attic. None of our employees were allowed to leave. Absolutely all warehouses were checked. They said, "If you don't open the door, we'll blow it up". And still really blew up, bombed surrounding territories.
We had no idea what to do
A year ago, in March 2021, we built a new hangar worth UAH 1,600,000. There were products that we had to sell. The air bomb hit it. Everything is ruined there now, everything has been looted. Our people are intimidated…
My husband and I came to see the detour on April 1. There are no words to describe our emotions.
The occupiers confiscated all trucks (KAMAZ, KrAZ), jeeps, fuel trucks with 24 tons of fuel, server, computers, printers, and even a kettle. They also wanted to take away the tractors (new Case 500, DEUTZ), but our driver and agronomist tweaked and tightened the equipment so that the tractors would not start. Only these tractors survived.
Due to losses, sowing was not carried out
As of May 1, sowing has not even begun. Unfortunately, we lost 800 tons of corn, all trucks, and cars. Tractors and the only remaining combine have broken glass due to air raids. It is unknown how to get out into the field.
The fields around are mined. Farmers are afraid to go out into the field. Mines detonate and explode. Three days ago, a 32-year-old worker was blown up by a mine. We try to walk carefully, but he didn't notice somewhere, he exploded. He lost one leg… There are only 15 sappers in all the surrounding areas, and they are constantly busy, for obvious reasons, they have too much work.
For now, we cannot solve 2 problems: demining and loans
I turned to four banks to get a loan for sowing and diesel fuel. Banks are asked to fill in 11 to 17 tables and a complete package of documents. Also, a copy of the director's divorce certificate. Nonsense! I called 10 numbers of diesel suppliers, but all sell only for money. And where to get them? None of our 12 companies has yet received funding.
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