“My family was killed in front of me”: 41-year-old Alexander lost his family during the evacuation from Bucha

Alexander’s family moved to Bucha in 2014, when the “Russian peace” came to their native Donetsk. Then they fled to the Kyiv region with their whole large family: Oleksandr’s parents and brother’s family. Here they built their new happy life. They gave birth to another son. The eldest, Matthew, went to school and was an excellent student.

“Margarita, Matthew, and Klim” – these names Alexander can not say without tears. He is his wife and two sons, aged nine and four. They all died while trying to evacuate from Bucha. Alexander was seriously injured, AND his leg was amputated.

Since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion, the family has remained in Bucha. They couldn’t leave my grandfather – he is paralyzed. They lived in the basement for more than a week. There was no gas or centralized water; a well in the yard saved them. The shelling was constant, so the family decided to flee.

On March 6, they and their neighbors packed up and left the house. Alexander says they moved slowly so as not to endanger themselves. They drove 300 meters – and the Russians opened fire on them. Civilian vehicles fired from two machine guns.

“The children were killed at once; I managed to turn on them – they were dead. I looked at Rita, she answered something to me and everything… she is also dead, ”Oleksandr recalls through tears.

He says the man’s leg was severely injured; part of it was almost torn off. Neighbors’ cars were also shot, and the driver died on the spot. His wife and godfather could escape the attack and hide in the woods. When enemy BMPs left, Oleksandr was rescued by passers-by and taken to a nearby hospital. There the man had his leg amputated. Then they were taken to Okhmatdyt. Here the man underwent more than one operation.

A neighbor found the shot family of Alexander a week after the tragedy. He buried Margarita and his two sons in Bucha on his own.

Okhmatdyt’s press service continues to keep a sad and terrible chronicle of the war – to tell about patients treated at the country’s largest children’s hospital. And it’s not just children but also adults.


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