In the last week fighting in eastern #Ukraine has escalated to a level not seen since the peak of the conflict last summer. The situation for civilians caught in the conflict zone is now dire and medical facilities continue to be hit by shelling or rockets. With doctors working in hospitals close to the frontline struggling to treat the wounded with dwindling supplies, MSF teams are stepping up their support, but continued shelling and the closure of checkpoints is preventing them from reaching the hardest hit areas. >
Irina, a resident of Gorlovska, eastern Ukraine, shares her experience fleeing her home and the constant bombardments, with her children: “We were living on the frontline where there was constant shelling, and the children were very frightened by the noise. We left our house because of the bombings; the roof had been damaged and we had spent the last week living in the basement. The children were afraid to go upstairs, and if they played outside during the day then they didn’t want to come back inside the house at night. When we first arrived here the children were still afraid of loud, unexpected noises but now they feel safe and they are calmer.”
Photo: Ukraine, 2015, ©Joffrey Monnier/MSF” By doctorswithoutborders on Instagram.
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