As the conflicts between Ukraine’s armed forces and Russian backed separatists worsen, tens of thousands of civilians are now stranded in the land and several others suffering the consequences of the war.

Civilians suffer as the devastation in Ukraine worsens

Civilians suffer as the devastation in Ukraine worsens

On one hand, the armed forces are losing their members and on the other hand, civilians are losing their lives too, and of late, an increasing number of civilians have become victims to the fighting. In the last three weeks of January, at least 224 civilians were killed and more than 540 others were injured, according to the UN high commissioner for human rights.
The recent intense conflicts have left the area a scene of devastation and the destruction in Donetsk is widely visible now. It is said that this fighting is one of the fiercest fighting in Europe since several decades. To escape the shelling, a large group of civilians fled their shelters in Debaltseve that lies 45 miles northeast of the city of Donetsk.
The people who could not retreat to safe quarters in time were all killed in a shelling and the morgue near Artyemovsk is full with their bodies. As a result of shortage in work force, the morgue staff is not able to handle the task of keeping up with the large number of dead bodies coming in.
One victim Pavel said, “Me, personally, I’ll take any ruler, just don’t kill me. All I want is bread and salt, just don’t kill me. Big politics is interested in killing simple people. They shoot and shoot and kill us.” A woman nearby said, “We’re hostages of the situation.”
Despite the adverse cold climate prevailing in the area, a group of women gathered to protest against the war in the town of Artyemovsk.