One month in Ukraine: ‘Homes blown up, families spending nights on subways, children whose treatment has been disrupted’

  • Sarah Rainsford
  • BBC Eastern Europe correspondent

Photo caption,

The remnants of a shoe factory in Dinipro

There is no bombing in the city where I am writing this article. Russian missiles do not hit homes, air strikes do not sound sirens. I wish Ukrainians could say the same thing. A month after the news from Ukraine, I left behind a country in the midst of a never-ending horrific attack.

I did not know what Russian President Vladimir Putin could do.

I have also worked as a journalist in Russia for several years, watching the poisoning and killing of dissidents, the war in Chechnya and Georgia, the catastrophic school attack in the city of Beslan, and the expulsion of me last summer for posing a “security threat.”

However, when I visited Kiev last month, I did not think Putin would declare war on Ukraine. The idea of ​​war seemed irrational and catastrophic. Everyone I spoke to in Russia and Ukraine agreed.

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