A month in Ukraine: “Houses blown up, families spending the night in the metro, children whose treatment is disrupted”

  • Sarah Rainford
  • BBC Eastern Europe Correspondent

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Remains of a shoe factory in Dnipro

There is no bombing in the city where I am writing this article. Russian missiles do not fall on houses, air raid sirens do not sound. I wish Ukrainians could say the same. After a month of news from Ukraine, I have come to leave behind a country under appalling attacks that will never end.

I didn’t know what Russian President Vladimir Putin could do.

For years I also worked as a journalist in Russia, observing the poisoning and murder of dissidents, the war in Chechnya and Georgia, the disastrous school raid in the city of Beslan, until I was deported last summer for posing a “security threat”.

However, when I went to kyiv last month, I didn’t think Putin would declare all-out war on Ukraine. The idea of ​​war seemed illogical and disastrous. Everyone I spoke to in Russia and Ukraine agreed.

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