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report from Vysokopillya, liberated after six months of Russian occupation

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The Ukrainian army’s counter-offensive in the Kherson region continues. Located 40 kilometers from the front, the town of Vysokopillya was reconquered by Ukraine in early September, after six months in Russian hands. Report from our correspondent.

In the city of Vysokopillya, Kherson region, every day a post van stops for an hour. “Mom sent me this ‘bitch’ [graisse de porc], rejoices Oleksandr, a Ukrainian soldier. Wow! This is the first time in eight months that I’ve eaten my mother’s cooking.”

Many parcels arrive for the soldiers, gifts or products they have purchased by mail order.

“I ordered additional equipment, continues Oleksandr. I just received it today.”

Insufficient equipment

Notice to donors, this troop would like a new car. In Vysokopillia, 40 kilometers from the front, the soldiers rest when they can.

A unit of soldiers has taken up residence in a house in the city. There is wifi, but the men complain of being under-equipped “Look, laments Viktor, a Ukrainian soldier. The flashlights, the generators, we had to buy everything ourselves.”

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This year, Ukraine has spent nine times more money than the previous year on non-lethal equipment for its troops. But this is still not enough to cover all the needs.

“The jacket is a gift, the boots, another gift…, lists Viktor. It comes from people for whom Ukraine matters, they provide us with our uniforms.”

Continue to push back Russian soldiers

The Ministry of Defense affirms it, the winter uniforms are ready and available. These men are waiting for them impatiently.

“We’re going to push them back even further, so they can’t come back, assures Sergeant Yura. The civilians who live here won’t have to be afraid that foreigners will arrive and dislodge them from their homes.”

The house where they are staying has been occupied by Russian soldiers for months. The owner opens a room, full of rubbish: “Look at what the Russian world has brought us”, she denounces. Empty bottles and plastic wrappers litter the ground.

On the walls, the Russian soldiers left graffiti, drawings, war poems. One of them is translated by Sergeant Yura, who reads it aloud, in Russian: “All Europe remembers our formidable cries. And in the face of the Russian army, there is no obstacle.” The soldier exclaims: “What do you mean, no obstacle?! But if !”

An obstacle to the invasion, a snag, a setback, Yura and his men are all of these things at the same time, but they want more: they want victory.


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