Andreii lopata, on a high ground behind a sandbag near his home in northern Ukraine, can observe the Russian army on the other side of the irping River and watch them fire shells at his community.
He said he counted 240 hits in three weeks, which tore apart the houses in his village and filled the yard with deep pits.
“In 1941, the Germans bombed us from [the same place],” my grandmother said. “Lopata, 53, told CBC News.” they completely repeated the Nazi path – exactly the same as the fascists who came here in 1941, but (now) they are Russians. ”
It is only a 25 minute drive from lopata’s home in irping to the center of Kiev, which is why the irping River and the towns on its banks were such a strategic stronghold for the Ukrainian army when the Russian army entered the Ukrainian capital last month.
“I didn’t run away, so my grandchildren wouldn’t say, ‘grandpa ran away,'” lopata said. “I have a weapon.”
Lopata, a former sergeant of the Ukrainian air force, said that because he knew how to shoot, he helped soldiers of the territorial defense forces guarding the town. He claimed to have shot and killed at least one Russian soldier in his sight.
He was one of the few people in palota who remained in the village for a fierce month. But with the Russian army now being expelled from Kiev, more and more people are returning to try to start their lives again.
But they did so against the advice of the Ukrainian authorities, which urged those who left to continue to leave.
Various signs show that Russia is ready to launch a new large-scale attack in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, and the authorities in Kiev and surrounding areas are still on high alert. The attack may be accompanied by a new round of air strikes and security threats on the capital and its suburbs. Ukraine’s senior minister warned on Wednesday that the capital region was not ready to allow civilians to return.
‘We will see an offensive action’
Before the war, Kiev had a population of nearly 3 million, but most of them later fled to western Ukraine or other safer places in European countries.
“We will see an offensive operation involving (Russia’s) military – sea, air and land,” emini zepar, Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine, said in an interview at the headquarters in Kiev. “There will be missiles, possibly including ballistic missiles and kalib (Cruise) missiles, artillery, shelling, explosions and mines.”
Dzhepar believed that “our military strength is strong enough” and that “this military action will determine the future of [peace] negotiations.”
A few minutes down from irping is Buka, where the war crimes prosecutor has been digging a mass grave behind the church. The mayor of the town said on Tuesday that the bodies of 403 civilians had been found so far. Many, if not most, appear to have been deliberately shot or killed by Russian forces.
On March 30, olksander makusin, the mayor of irping, said that the number of casualties in irping may be lower than that in Buka, but not too much. Markushin said that when Russia tried to occupy the city, 200 to 300 civilians were killed.
The daily analysis of the conflict conducted by the Institute for the war study of war, headquartered in Washington, D.C., shows that Russia is rapidly trying to “restructure” its troops retreating from Kiev after the failure of the attack.
Ukraine claims that Russia has lost nearly 20000 soldiers and hundreds of tanks since its invasion of Ukraine on February 24, but Western analysts say the actual figure may be close to half of this figure.
Nevertheless, Russia is still likely to send large-scale troops to eastern Ukraine.
Ukraine’s best and most experienced army has heavily guarded key positions around Donetsk and other cities.
According to the analysis of the War Research Institute, it is expected that Russia will use its advantages in tanks and mechanized infantry to try to surround a large number of these forces and force the Ukrainians to escape from trenches and bunkers.
According to the situation in Kiev, many people are worried that another attack on Kiev may not end.
Despite this possibility, some residents on the irping River, whose homes survived the Russian attack, decided to try to get their lives back on track despite suggestions to stay away.
“I’m doing everything I can to repair my house,” said Victor Novick, an Irvine resident in his 50s. “It’s all pain – it’s hard in my soul.”
Novyk’s humble brick house on novo irpinsky Street lost glass on several windows, but miraculously avoided major structural damage, unlike most of his neighbors’ houses.
He, his wife and his 83 year old mother took refuge in the basement of their home for more than two weeks, and Russian and Ukrainian troops fired shells over their heads.
Eventually, novyk’s family left home to live with friends, but returned home a few days ago, although it may still take weeks to restore power and running water.
Nevertheless, Novick said his wife had cleaned the garden and new tulips were about to bloom there.
“We’ll fix it slowly,” Victor Novick said. “Who knows, maybe someone will help us.”
‘Most of the time we were in our basement’
Just outside a few doors, Larysa pasyeka, 48, greeted CBC with a bright smile. Although looking at the damage around her property, it was clear that she was lucky to be alive.
She said a gun shot down in her backyard and destroyed the wooden building where her sauna was located. Next door, another huge shell hit her neighbor’s house and killed two people inside.
“Most of the time we were in the basement,” pasieka said. “But there are some quiet moments when we can come to the yard and drink soup for the (Ukrainian) soldiers.”
Earlier this week, before the authorities issued a warning to stay away from the region, construction workers had completed the construction of a temporary bridge on the irping River to replace the bridge that the Ukrainian military had to destroy to stop Russia from moving forward.
At the height of the fighting, there were some distressing scenes in which residents tried to climb onto the ruins of the bridge to evacuate irping.
With a new ferry, it will be much easier for people to cross the river and return to their homes on the other side once the authorities approve it.
Andrei Levchenko, a member of the National Guard in charge of restoring the crossing points, said that reopening the traffic would help people cope with the pressure of the conflict.
“There are many peaceful, normal, young and promising people in this town. They want to live a normal life. They need to be able to go back to their house,” he said.
“This temporary bridge is one of the first beams of light from the dark tunnel and is very important to every Ukrainian.”