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‘I’m only 33 kilos’: Frontline villages go hungry during war in Ukraine

An elderly villager in Ukraine said residents were going hungry amid the conflict.

Galina, 75, is from Lebyazhe, about 50 kilometers southeast of Kharkiv.

Russian forces did not reach the village, but it was on the front lines of the fighting as Ukrainian troops tried to defend the country’s second largest city.

Now the invading troops have been pushed back after a swift counter-offensive in Kyiv saw around 8,000 square kilometers of land reclaimed.

“At first we had nothing, no stores were open and we had no food,” Galina said, fighting back tears. “Now I’m only 33 kilos.”

“It’s tragic. They destroyed the whole village. It was so beautiful before. Now it’s destroyed.”

Ukraine’s farmland is renowned for its rich black soil and considered a breadbasket for the world, but on Thursday, after months of war, Galina was among the residents of the farming village queuing for food.

Boxes – containing items such as pasta, rice, beans, canned meat and oil – were distributed by the United Nations World Food Programme.

The boxes were too heavy for some older residents. They were helped by neighbors who put the boxes in wheelbarrows or on bicycles.

But food is not the villagers’ only concern. As winter approaches, many are concerned about the energy supply.

“Yes, six months without electricity. And now already three months without gas, but somehow we will get there,” said Lyubov Polushkyna, another Lebyazhe resident.

euronews Gt

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