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The story by Igor Mistyuk from Balochky village, Polohy district, Zaporizhia region
The history of our family farm "Nadia" is old. My father left the Soviet collective farm in 1997, took away his land and his grandparents, and began growing sugar beets and watermelons. When the collective farms disintegrated, other people saw that we were doing well and began to lease their plots to us. We bought equipment, rebuilt warehouses.
We grow cereals, and oil seeds. In total, we have about 700 hectares of land. We had Belarusian tractors, and six years ago we took a used John Deere combine. Later we started buying new machinery and equipment. In 2020, we took a new YTO tractor, new seeders, domestic cultivators, and winches. Everything was going well, things were developing, and we had a good profit.
And then they came
I was in Zaporizhia when a friend from Brovary called and said that they were shelling the city. I took the car, took my wife and 7-month-old child and the friend's family, and transported them to the village of Polohy. I hoped that the occupiers would not occupy this small village and would bypass it. However, on March 1, a couple of tanks with the occupiers entered our village.
Now the occupiers live in our house
In our house, they made a military "headquarters", took away the phones of everyone around, and everything is searched, sometimes a couple of times a day. If you want to go outside the yard — you must ask permission. There are 600 Russian soldiers per 100 people in the village. Still under siege. Fighting between the Ukrainian and Russian armies continues.
When the shelling became more intense, my family and I went to the Lviv region, and my parents went to Zaporizhia. Now I know everything that happens in Polohy only from phone conversations with friends. But I get calls less and less. Calling is prohibited and communication is blocked.
I heard different stories. One day, the occupiers came to the neighbors and said:— Open the safe!— We don't have a safe.— And what is it then?! — and points his finger at the microwave.
The occupiers look bad. Scratched as they got out of poverty. KAMAZ trucks with occupiers have already entered the village. They occupied a local school, settled in the houses of fellow villagers. Grain is exported to Bedpans, machinery — to the Crimea. In general, everything that can be sold is taken away. Neighbors say that our YTO has long been seen on the trawl during transportation…
Since autumn, our farm has been harvesting sowing materials, PPE, diesel fuel, more than 70 tons of nitrogen and complex fertilizers, and 60 tons of unsold sunflower… Apparently, this was also taken away. I do not know.
There is no water supply and electricity in Polohy, the territories are mined, and people are afraid. What happens next is unknown. We had a great credit history. At the end of May, we have to repay the loan to the state bank. But how to do it? UAH 3 million was taken for sowing…
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