A Co Mayo man whose wife is stranded in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv says the Russian military is indiscriminately targeting residential buildings with long-range missiles.
The man, who did not wish to be named, said his wife went to Ukraine to visit her mother recently and they are currently unable to leave the city.
I said Independent.ie that his wife and her mother were in an apartment building and when the air raid sirens sounded, they ran to the nearest subway station for shelter.
“I’m in regular contact with her and there are reports of Kharkiv being bombed a lot and she’s in the middle,” he said.
“What’s going on there is purely chronic. It’s not a war, it’s a total genocide. They are bombing civilian buildings. The past two days in Kharkiv have been particularly desperate. Bombing continuously, continuously”.
He said ordinary people lost their lives in bomb blasts, and many buildings were destroyed.
The man said air strikes are so frequent now that some people don’t even rush into subway stations, which are often overcrowded.
“A lot of Ukrainians have stopped going. Downstairs was very sad and full of people. When you go in, they close the door and you can’t leave again until the sirens stop. “
While in the apartment during the air strike, he said his family had to stay in the bathroom because it was the furthest point from the window.
The man said the resilience shown by those on the ground was astounding and that while food was scarce, the water supply, which had been cut off, was restored today.
“The people working there were in the middle of a bomb attack and the water was flowing again. She said they even picked up the trash this morning and there were constant bombings.”
The man said his wife and mother-in-law had “no way to leave Kharkiv” and that they are now safer staying.
However, he said his wife recently escaped when she stopped by a park the person visited on the way home.
“She was halfway home and the bombing started right where she was and someone from an apartment yelled at her and told her to come inside.
“She then heard that the park she had just visited had been completely destroyed.”
The man said “the world needs to know what’s going on” and “The West has to get involved”.
“This is not an attack on Ukraine, it is an attack on democracy and freedom.
“Putin thought he was going there and they wanted him. They hate to see him. ”
He added that the Ukrainian people want more help from their international allies, but most feel isolated.
“All Ukrainians hope for more help. What they expect and what they hope can be different things because they assume the West has been standing and watching since 2014.”
https://www.independent.ie/news/its-not-a-war-its-a-complete-genocide-irishman-whose-wife-is-trapped-in-ukrainian-city-of-kharkiv-41400840.html ‘It’s not a war, it’s a total genocide’ – Irishman whose wife is stranded in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv