Mariupol resident told how he lost his eye and lost his family

He pulled his wife out from under the rubble already dead.
The wounded Alexander entered from Mariupol by a road paved with corpses. The man traveled through Russia to visit his daughter in Greece. He did not want to be left in a country “ruled by the Gestapo.”
On February 24, Oleksandr even went to work.
According to him, the people of Mariupol have no idea what will bring them to attack Putin.
However, on February 27-28, the Russians began shelling the city. In particular, the area with the private sector, where Alexander lived with his wife Olga.
As the shelling intensified, the couple, who had taken a better document, decided to move to the apartment of Oleksandr’s mother.
“On March 2, he went shopping. Everything was still working. There was a shower in the city. However, neither the police nor the Ukrainian military were anywhere else, ”Oleksandr recalls.
The next day – March 3 – the man will remember for a lifetime.
In the morning his wife leaned out the window and said:
“Come on, the tanks are leaving! And look what is painted on the nose! ”
The man went to the window and saw several tanks and armored personnel carriers with the letter Z in white paint.
He told the woman to walk away from the window. He sat in the room himself, and his wife went to the kitchen. At that moment there was a knock on the door, and my mother went away. The man heard that she was talking to someone in the corridor.
“Suddenly I heard the sound of a tank knob. Then – how the tank tower returns, how the mechanic works. I realized that he was upset and returned to our building, ”says Oleksandr.
He did not hear the shot, but felt the blow. Alexander’s shatter and glass shattered his face and cut his eye in half.
He realized that the projectile had flown into the kitchen: the wall between it and the room was gone, and the wall between the corridor and the apartment was also gone.
“My first thought was: where is Olga? She was lying in the kitchen under the rubble. Only the head was sticking out, ”Oleksandr says.
The man began to destroy the blockage, tried to drag his wife, although his clouds were covered in blood.
“I shouted, Olya, help yourself with your arms and legs!’ I finally pulled her in, put her on the raft, and turned her over.
Her dead eyes stared at me. Then I had this look at her for a long time. When I pulled her, she was already dead. I checked my pulse. And I noticed how her nails started to sink, ”Alexander describes one of the worst moments of his life.
Then he pulled his wife’s body to the window. Two men in jackets with the inscription “Medutsuna Katastrof” ran at his feet.
Oleksandra was dragged out of the apartment before he lost consciousness.
The man regained consciousness at the local hospital. He remembers better the operating table and the wound he was covered by a pediatric surgeon. There were no other doctors in the city.
Later he got up and asked about his mother.

“Your mother is gone,” she told him.

The man did not see how she died, but he says that she was very active, and there were many people in the area. Therefore, if I had lived, I would probably have found out.
At that moment, Alexander realized that he no longer had a family.
At that time, the situation in the city was deteriorating, and shelling became more frequent. Mariupol is constantly bombed.
More and more people were taken to the hospital.
“Russia was shooting people who were just going to collect water.
27 people left, a woman and a child. Fascist vehicles approached and shot them. 5-6 people – immediately to death. The wounded man was taken to the surgery on a Gazelle, ”says Oleksandr.
The man remembered a 19-year-old girl, Julia, who underwent surgery and helped transfer her to a hospital bed.
“The nurse gave an injection to everyone who was brought in from the operation.
It’s been 20 minutes. I’m longing for this Julia and I understand that she’s not moving at all. The wounded are spinning, moaning, but she is not. They approach her, and she is dead.
She was already given a dead shot. There were a lot of people, they never cared who was dead and who was alive, ”the man recalls.
Every day 5-6 people died in the hospital from their wounds. The bodies were put in a bag, and the wheel ended up, was taken by the arm and leg, put on a blanket and carried to the basement or to the street. Almost the entire hospital yard was filled with bodies.
On March 4, frost began in Mariupol. It was very cold in the hospital, from the window, and the shelling did not subside.
Vuita from the medical institution entered Oleksandr on March 21. Together with another family – his parents and two children, who suffered injuries – he rushed to invade the territory controlled by Ukraine.
There were rumors that from the western part of the city it is possible to Berdyansk, and from there – to Zaporozhye.
People walked around the city for a week. There were constant shelling, I hid in the basement for several days.
They ate what the locals gave: some gave some bread, some half a bottle of water, and some a jar of tomatoes.
“The military from Azov says that about 20-25 thousand people died in Mariupol. people. It seems to me that more.
He walked on corpses. She was everywhere! ”, – Mariupol residents share their memories.
At first they did not bury them in the yards, they brought them to the street and left them there.
One day people wanted to hide in the basement of one of the buildings, but an old woman came in from the entrance and said:
“Don’t go there. There 16 people tried, a circle of shells flew. That’s how they folded everything, the bodies still lie there. ”
Finally, on March 27, Alexander and his family and children arrived at the local church, where there was a huge basement where about 200 people were hiding.
Frightened Russians and Chechens were already running around the city, as Alexander agreed.
The occupier went to church and said: none of you will go to Ukraine, there is only one option – where to tell him.
I found myself in Donetsk, passed the “filtration” and found a way to get in.
At first people were taken to the village of Pokrovske, and from there to Donetsk. The man said that he needed to go to Ukraine, but no one wanted to listen to him. Lushe asked: why don’t you love your homeland?
In Donetsk, Oleksandra was hospitalized in a local hospital. He was lying in the same ward with the wounded DNR members.
At first, the man tried to defend his position, telling who killed his family. But later he was told:

“Shut up, or you’ll fall into the basement, and tomorrow they’ll land you, shoot you, and no one will look for you.”

However, the DNR members appeared to be ordinary residents of Donetsk, whom they caught in a shop or on a tram and mobilized. She was told that she did not want this war.
Oleksandra also wanted to be mobilized, despite the lack of an eye. Like, you will pump the shoe, repair the machine. The only thing that saved him was that at that time he did not pass the so-called filtering.
Every day in the hospital my husband was checked for “trustworthiness”.
“I received a representative of the regional department, the FSB, the investigative committee. I was forced to undress, I was looking for something, I was wondering who I was. Why not fight?
And so for a whole month, ”says Mariupol resident.
In Donetsk, a man managed to find his daughter, who lives in Greece. He told her that he could no longer be involved in the Gestapo.
The daughter has found a driver who can be imported from Donetsk via Russia to Latvia, and from there she can get to Athens.
However, in order to leave Donetsk, it was necessary to go through a prudent “filtering” procedure, without which no driver would be lucky.
People from Mariupol and other occupied territories were transported to different cities, and the filtration took place in a single department, which had to go through all of Donetsk.
Alexander went there and saw that the queue had already been disbanded 2 months in advance. Then he decided to reach an agreement with the local Ministry of Emergencies, which estimated his services at 3.5 thousand. rubles.
And the next day my husband was allowed to go through the filtration.
It happened like this: first she took a fingerprint, checked the phone, and also took a face-to-face photo, left and right.
He also asked who he knew in the city where he worked and so on.
Then the man went to one room and the woman to another.
There I was forced to undress. People were checked for tattoos.
“They believe that the Ukrainian military is all – in tattoos, in fascist signs. I’m lucky, I don’t have any.
A 25-year-old boy was filtering with me. He had a tattoo: a hieroglyph and a flower. He spent a long time there. I left, and he was stunned, ”Oleksandr recalls.
After the procedure, the man finally got a ticket, with which he got on the bus.
He drove them to Russia to get to Greece
The inspection did not end there. On the border between the so-called “DPR” and the Russian Federation, Alexander was waiting for another interrogation.
“DNRivets” demanded from Oleksandr evidence that he really worked at the metallurgical plant.
What saved him the most was that he had a pass to the factory.
There was another FSB check at the Russian border.
“Fingerprints again, they strip naked and strangle the phone again.
But I was shocked by the fact that they had all the data for each person from my work. Someone was angry with them, ”said Mariupol resident.
Russia spent three days.
“It simply came to our notice then. The state of the country is determined by the state of its villages and roads. Everywhere is a complete ruin, garbage on the roadsides.
The attitude I had towards Russia was astonished. They only kill people and rob, and they can’t and can’t build anything, ”Oleksandr shares his impressions of the trip.
In Russia, Mariupol did not like anything at all: no coffee, no food, no people’s behavior.
“The case was unfavorable: I went to a paid toilet, and a 40-year-old lady is on trial there. He tells me:
– And where did such a beauty come from?
– From Ukraine, from Mariupol.
Here she smiles and, as if not understanding, says:
– And what about there in Mariupol?

I was overwhelmed at that moment! ” – the man asks.

The last check of the FSB was at the entrance from Russia, on the border with Latvia. “I was glad to be released from a dark basement,” he said.
The Latvians almost didn’t check it, only asked for a passport, put a stamp and asked who was carrying the cigarette.
It is not possible to import more than 40 cigarettes to Latvia, the man said that he had 37 cigarettes.
The frontier guard took half a pack of her cigarettes from her pocket and gave them to Oleksandra.
Mariupol finally gave vent to emotions and addressed the Latvians:
“You don’t understand how well you live! How I joined NATO in time. I broke into the Gestapo, I’m ready to sleep on the bench, so I don’t see only those fascist faces! ”
Then the man took a bus to Warsaw. He was very impressed by the way Poles treat Ukrainians:
“Everyone there smiled at me. I was walking in Warsaw, people approached me, asked where I was from.
And then I ate delicious coffee with chocolate.
The guy and the girl brought me a burger. The attitude towards us there is great ”.
Alexander flew to Greece via Sutsulia, saw the sea and the island from a plane window.
Three hours later, his daughter met him in Athens.
At the moment, Oleksandr needs to continue his treatment, but he is already thinking about how to find a job.

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