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A story by Roman Mishchenko from the Kyiv region
Right in the middle, between the two front lines, stood my farmhouse, with my dozens of cows and 100 hectares (247 acres) of wheat fields, transformed into a bloody battleground for five consecutive days in early March.
Two kilometers on the right were the Russian troops, and two kilometers on the left were our troops.
They were shooting so hard as if it was some kind of computer game. The first two days I stayed in the house, but then it was so insufferable that I had to leave. When I returned, I was in shock.
My house, the warehouse, the barns… were all destroyed. I lost everything.
And like other farmers in Ukraine, my few hectares of surviving wheat fields cannot be harvested due to the shortage of fuel in the region and after his harvester and other machinery were destroyed by shelling.
Ports across Ukraine are brimming with more than 20 million metric tonnes of grain and corn that has nowhere to go, with Russia blockading the country’s Black Sea coast and the exit routes for Ukraine’s grain.
The war will absolutely cause grain shortage and perhaps hunger. We already have problems, because even those farmers who managed to sow their fields, simply don’t have enough fuel to harvest. Another problem – fertilisers; we used to import them from Russia and Belarus, not enough fertiliser means you harvest 20-30% less.
I don’t know how to survive. The government doesn’t have the money to help us rebuild. All the money goes to the army.
The cannon shots of both Russian and Ukrainian artillery destroyed my warehouse, the shed where I worked the grain and the house where I lived with my wife and son. At least 20 of cows were shot, the carcasses still lying inside the stables, which were also destroyed. The livestock that survived the bombings have been reduced to skin and bones after a blast incinerated tons of hay.
The war not only destroyed my business. It also took my son-in-law away. He volunteered to join the army and was killed defending Makariv.
Thirty years after I built all this, I am back in the trailer. All my life – everything I have built with my own hands in these 30 years, was destroyed, in just one moment.
Source: The Guardian
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