July 7-9, Ukrainian and American volunteers jointly with Olena Semenyaka, coordinator of NGO Intermarium Support Group, assistant of MP Sviatoslav Yurash, brought aid from Vienna to the civilians in Mykolaiv who fled from the occupied or disputed areas in South Ukraine. The city of Mykolaiv, which borders on occupied Kherson region, is shelled heavily daily by Russian war criminals.
Local volunteers, who operate in the region and keep distributing Austrian products to families in need, organized visits to the refugee families with little kids who escaped from occupied towns or daily doses of Russian shelling. The refugees from Snihurivka, Henichesk and Bilozirka shared their dreadful stories about the methods and results of the Russian “military operation.”
Apart from helping the war affected civilians, whose number grows every day, the volunteers proceded to documenting Russian war crimes in Mykolaiv and frontline towns and villages. The residents have shown them what has remained from their 5-floor house and flats in Mykolaiv after the rocket strike that claimed lives of 8 persons. The size of shell splinters in the city center are captured in the photo below.
In the town of Bashtanka, the territorial defense of which was so efficient in destroying Russian tanks that the enemy retreated due to the supposed encounter with the “Ukrainian special forces,” they witnessed the ruined administration council building, the football stadium nearby and a number of private village houses, among them a parrot nursery, all hit by the rockets or avia bombarded.
Next day, which also began with an early morning shelling, the visitors rushed to document fresh evidences of Russian war crimes. They travelled to the village of Bereznehuvate in Mykolaiv region, where witnessed the outcomes of new rocket launches, each of which costs hundreds of thousands USD to say the least, which targeted one of the local schools, several houses and a village toilet (!). Luckily, nobody suffered, but the nature of the Russian state terrorism gets increasingly obvious. The depth of fresh and older shell-holes in the village may be seen in the photos.
But the view of devastated by Russian rockets exemplary Bereznehuvatska school, which was about to celebrate its 85th anniversary, was especially schocking. Its director Halyna Demyanivna, who kindly agreed to make a sad excursion across the cherished building, or rather its remains, explained that the school was hit by two rockets back on March 29. The Russians reported about having eliminated “the headquarters of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.” However, about a week before this meeting with the director, another rocket has striken the building, which made her abandon the bleak hope to repair the school. It is easy to see how many efforts and creativity have been put into this amazing educational institution.
Conclusions are simple: fearing the upcoming counter-offensive operation in the Kherson direction, as well as raging over precise and efficient HIMARS systems at the service of the Ukrainian army, Russia switches to the tactics of terror against the civilians in Mykolaiv and other regions of Ukraine.
Група сприяння розбудові Інтермаріуму (ГСРІ) – заснована у Києві громадська організація і довгостроковий геополітичний проект, що з 2016 р. здійснює помітний внесок у регіональну інтеграцію на території між Балтійським, Чорним і Адріатичним морями у відповідь на російську агресію і глобальні виклики сьогодення.