The road from the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, to the city of Mykolaiv, in the south of the country, seemed devoid of central barriers, except for the entrance barrier to the coastal city, which monitors people passing by, especially goods.
Along the 133-kilometer road, Asharq Al-Awsat monitored the passage of Ukrainian army trucks loaded with ammunition and food supplies, as well as heavy vehicles and armored vehicles.
As soon as you cross the “Warvarevsky Fog” bridge, the streets look desolate from residents and pedestrians. Nobody walks around this part of the city, especially after the missile attack that targeted the city and destroyed its local administration.
Ten in the morning, aid workers are busy removing the rubble, while journalists are trying to get information from the residents about the details of what happened.
Not far stands Donald, 69, a Canadian who holds permanent Ukrainian residency after he married a Ukrainian woman several years ago. Donald was in his home a few dozen meters from the place when the missile exploded in the building, and he does not remember hearing an explosion, only dust and heavy pressure And scattering for home glass.
About 150 meters from the destroyed building, we asked a man in his fifties about the situation, and his wife grabbed him by the elbow, saying, “The police said it is forbidden to speak.” The man fell silent, turned his back and walked away with his wife. The police began approaching the journalists’ location and asked to stop filming and move away from the place.
Moments and sirens sounded in the city, announcing the possibility of a new blow.