Lugansk and Donetsk residents are now used to gunfire. RT’s Maria Finoshina crossed Ukraine’s southeast to see the aftermath of war there - and how it is the civilians who have carried the heaviest burden: relatives lost, homes destroyed, and hope gone.
As the first 30 trucks in the humanitarian convoy headed for war-torn eastern Ukraine, the residents of Lugansk - struggling daily without regular food supplies, water, electricity and under constant shelling - are looking forward to the aid relief.
The Red Cross has sent a formal request to Kiev to allow the Russian humanitarian aid to enter eastern Ukraine but has so far received no answer and the convoy has remained stuck on the border of the war-torn zone since August 14.
Citizens of Donetsk have recorded multiple videos of white glowing particles raining on residential quarters. The locals allege that Ukraine's military has shelled their city with internationally prohibited phosphorus incendiaries.
Lugansk, where the sound of gunfire is routine and basics like water in short supply, has seen thousands flee for safety. RT’s crew joined civilians, driven out of their homes by “outright panic,” on their way to a refugee camp.
The command in Kiev has blatantly abandoned a group of more than 400 soldiers encircled by the self-defense forces, the senior Ukrainian officer who requested sanctuary in Russia with his men has revealed.
Emergency services in Lugansk have been busier than ever with the city getting its daily shelling by Kiev’s troops. An RT reporter spent a day with an ambulance crew there to learn how the city’s new everyday reality is blood and destruction.
As Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko confirmed plans to “liberate” the eastern cities of Lugansk and Donetsk, the two biggest towns in the country’s east fear that if sieges develop they will have a major humanitarian crisis on their hands.
With 100,000 Ukrainian refugees already in Russia, as UN says, those fleeing violence continue to cross the border day and night. RT’s reporter on the ground spoke to those who left the horrors of daily shelling for an uncertain future in a new land.