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13 October 2022, Ichnya, Ukraine: 41-year-old Victoria Hlushko pictured in the doorway to what used to be her family home in the village of Bil’machivka, until Russian forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022 and the apartment was destroyed in the fighting that ensued. Inheriting the apartment from her father eight years ago, Victoria lived in the apartment with her husband, their son (3 years) and daughter (13 years) until the day it was destroyed. She recalls the family being just about to enter the apartment when an explosion hit the building as fighting between Russian and Ukrainian forces took place at the road outside. They sought shelter in the basement, but as it became filled with smoke, they had to exit through an emergency back door and take shelter in another building in the village. The village of Bil’machivka, a community of just over 500 people north of Ichnya, Chernihiv Oblast, was just on the route taken by Russian military forces as they marched towards Kyiv following the invasion of Ukraine in the early spring of 2022. Many people lost their homes in this period, as fighting and attacks led to houses being either severely damaged, or simply razed to the ground.
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