The stories of the people of eastern Ukraine.  While some are suspected of sympathizing with the Russians, others do not want to give up their country.

It was not the love of nature that made Serhi return to the work of the earth. In Donetsk he was known as a Ukrainian activist. When pro-Russian separatists took power, he was forced to retreat behind Ukrainian lines. He learned from the internet how to run a farm. And now, even in the midst of danger, the Ukrainian Serhi Sviridenko refuses to he leaves, as do other locals. Watch a “Focus Europa” report, a Digi24 project and Deutsche Welle. The show airs on Friday at 11:30 p.m., and resumes on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Serhi Sviridenko came to the village of Ivanopillia eight years ago. The entrepreneur had fled Donetsk, where he had a business. Here he built a new life as a farmer.

What else can you do in a village? There was nothing I could do. I’m not used to working for others. I am an entrepreneur, “says farmer Serhi Sviridenko.

It would be an idyllic scene if the front line did not get closer and closer with each passing day. Now the brutality of the war caught up with him again. Recently, a bomb fell just a few hundred yards from his house.

“The soldiers were housed here for a while. They stayed here, but then they were attacked. I think they were neighbors’kindly who told the enemy that they were here – kindly quoted, “says Serhi Sviridenko.

Some locals are suspected of secretly sympathizing with Russia

The farmer suspects that some people here secretly sympathize with Russia. As for him, he makes no secret of his aversion to his neighbor. He spent two years fighting on the front line, just 15 miles from here. In recent years, the situation has been tense but stable. Now the fear and violence are back.

Serhi has already sent his wife to western Ukraine.

“Imagine this scenario: a shell hits the farm. I should take care of my own safety and that of the animals – and so should my wife. You have to understand that it’s much easier for me. It is much easier to take responsibility for yourself than for others “, explains the farmer.

15 kilometers further is the front line, where sporadic shootings have been taking place for years. Now, shells fall every day.

On the farm, Serhi Sviridenko is doing his best. He used to send goat cheese from the front line all over the country. But since the fighting intensified, courier services have stopped working.

“Our income has dropped by 60%. But the costs have changed very little, “says Serhi.

But at least he was spared the worst. It has eight employees who regularly come to work. And the war did not stop the goats from becoming kids.

“If I were a pessimist, I wouldn’t have started a business in a place like this. I will not stay if it is an occupation. But this will not happen “, is the conviction of the farmer.

And if he does, his uniform is ready in the closet.

How New York came to be from Ukraine

Half an hour’s drive from Ivanopillia, the greeting “Welcome to New York!” No, it is not an American metropolis, but a small town with a population of 8,000 people. The settlers – ethnic Germans – gave it this name in the 19th century. Stalin renamed it Novgorodskaya (Novhorodske), but since last year it has been officially called New York, again.

The poet Boris Bocearov hoped that the name change would bring new energy to this aging industrial city.

“There is no production here. We thought the new name would attract investors to help us. This building has been renovated with aid money. Forums and cultural events were organized here “, says the poet pointing to a building.

Now the cultural center is surrounded by craters. Numerous shells hit the neighborhood.

“The windows are broken and my roof came off. I was in the cellar when it happened “, says Nadezhda Gumeniuk.

Instead of organizing readings with his works, Bocearov volunteered to take care of the remaining locals, passing by them and organizing the distribution of aid.

“Every day we go down to the cellar. In fact, we have been in the cellar for eight years, ”says Nadezhda Gumeniuk.

Many houses in the city were destroyed. Three-quarters of the population fled. Boris Bocearov also sent his wife to his daughter in western Ukraine.

“See what happens,” says the poet.

But he doesn’t want to leave. “It simply came to our notice then. I am in the Ukrainian camp. I was born here in this city. I hope nothing hits here. Otherwise, we will have to throw ourselves to the ground “, says Boris Bocearov.

Fighting has intensified in the east of the country, where Russians have been bombing key cities to seize the Donbas region once and for all. The lives of the people here have been givene completely upside down, but these people they will not, however, to give up.

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