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Frontline Ukrainian city Mykolaiv again under Russian fire

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The southern city of Mykolaiv has been on the frontline of the battle for almost the entire war thus far, with nearby Kherson occupied by Russia. The increase in strikes has added another element to deal with for a city that has seen little but tension for months. FRANCE 24 reporters Luke Srago, Taline Oundjian and Achraf Abid went to Mykolaiv to find out how the residents — and defenders — were coping.

The top two floors of an apartment building in Mykolaiv were destroyed after being hit by a Russian missile. It would take weary rescuers a day to remove the debris and bodies.

According to fire chief Andry Pankratov: “In recent days, there have been more and more strikes on residential blocks and civilians”.

It is the third time that this particular district of Mykolaiv has been affected. Local resident Tetyana Mykolayenko expressed her pain. “They say on the news that they are bombing neo-Nazis. Where do you see neo-Nazis here? There are just peaceful people here, elderly people who have been left behind. How can anyone live like this here?”

The situation is even worse in small villages such as Prybuz’ke, where most of their inhabitants regularly flee bombings.

According to Leonid, a local resident, the pre-war population was probably around 1,350 people. “But now there is less than two percent left, about thirty people. The scariest of the past few days were the quiet moments. This week they are constantly bombing us.”

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