War in Ukraine | “We don’t live, we survive,” “Ukraine has forgotten us,” complain residents of Seversk

(Seversk) In Seversk, a major Ukrainian city near the new front line in the east, a feeling of abandonment has taken hold of residents who “try to survive” in basements at night and in search of water and food during the day. , Aid and Medicine.

Posted at 2:18pm

“Everyone suffers. We’re trying to survive,” says Nina, 64, a pensioner who pushes her bike. “There’s no water [courante], no gas, no electricity. We’ve been living under bombs for three months, it’s the Stone Age,” she says.

A moving truck offers Polish goods and groceries, bread, sausages, refills for camping burners. Local residents gather around the vehicle as the sustained rumble of Grad rockets is heard.

“Of course it’s expensive,” says Nina.

This small town in Donbass in eastern Ukraine looks like a village with its one-story houses on dusty streets. The last big city before the front is the new border between Russia and Ukraine.

Throughout the day, Ukrainian military vehicles, including American Humvees and the latest generation American and Soviet-style howitzers, drive back and forth. Also tanks, support vehicles and ambulances.

Ukrainian troops, who left devastated and now Russian-occupied Sievierodonetsk, are now fighting at Lysytchansk on the opposite bank of the Donets River.

In Seversk, the residents who still live there, including many pensioners, have the impression that Kyiv has abandoned them.

“The city is absolutely dead and we would like to live a little longer,” laments Marina, 63, a pensioner. “They’re just killing us, it’s dangerous everywhere,” and “nobody needs us, there’s no help from the government, Ukraine has forgotten us.”

“We don’t live, we survive,” laments another woman, Polina, 60, in a flashy purple tracksuit.

“Battery in high demand”

“It’s been marching all day,” notes a police officer near a checkpoint who is observing “movements today” after three vehicles passed, mostly evacuating the elderly, women and children.

Dirty smoke rises after a Ukrainian missile was launched.

Humanitarian aid is also sent. Three Red Cross trucks arrive at Seversk City Hall and unload boxes of food, including oil, tea, flour and hygiene products, AFP journalists noted.

A city official, Svetlana Severin, is demanding more candles, matches and flashlights from the Red Cross. “Batteries are in high demand,” she says.

The aid boxes are stored and the distribution is organized in rotation on a certain day of the month to avoid crowds, according to Mme Severin.

Near the mobile truck, however, an old lady is outraged that she has no help. She asks for medicine for her heart.

“People need candles, they spend the night in their basements,” describes a social worker, Svetlana Meloshchenko, who makes the rounds with water from milk cans and distributes candles, biscuits and liquid soap.

“There are many small children, old or disabled people,” she says, and also “many diabetics”: “Medication is provided in the hospital, but that’s not enough.”

Nearby, in an abandoned gas station, Ukrainian soldiers are taking a break. They chew bread and sausages, submachine guns at their feet. They say coming and going from the front without giving details.

“Our cause is just,” insists a young soldier. A bearded elder adds with a smile: “We don’t watch the news. If the news is really good, we will definitely hear about it.”

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