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I never saw people die before’: Injured girl shares horrors of Donetsk shelling
Ukrainian army shelling has forever changed the life of a teenage girl near Donetsk. She is now lying in hospital with a shattered arm and shrapnel wounds.
The teen saw several people, including children, being killed by falling bombs on the riverbank.
Government forces first bombed the village of Zugres in the  Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine on August 14. Several shells  hit a beach full of people relaxing by the river, with shrapnel  killing 12 people, the Rossiya 24 TV channel reported. Several  people were injured and taken to hospital. Yana Fenenko was one of the lucky ones who survived that day.
“We were swimming in the river when lots of bombs started  falling all at once. We left the water and I threw myself down on  the ground. I was lying prone, but I was still hit by a  bomb,” 15-year-old Yana told RT’s Ruptly agency from a  hospital bed.

“I had never seen how people die before,” she said.   “The beach was filled with kids… A man got his hand blown off  by one of the bombs. I saw it, he was laying right next to me.  Also, one of the kids’ heads was blown off... It was very  scary.” Yana has been in the hospital for about a week and still has  another month to go before she can be released. Doctors say her  recovery will be very long and painful because of all the  shrapnel in her right hand and the right side of her body.
“She has a lot of shrapnel wounds in the right half of the  body: the jaw area, all of her right hand, shoulder and forearm,  right hip and right thigh,” one of her treating doctors told  ANNA News.

“My life definitely changed for the worst [since Kiev’s  military offensive began]. A lot of my friends and acquaintances  have died,” the girl said. Yana was planning to study to become a teacher. She had all the  documents already submitted to a local college and was just  waiting for the exams, but those have been continually postponed  due to the Ukrainian army shelling of eastern Ukraine.
Since the initial shelling of Zugres, the girl’s parents have  been forced to take cover in a bomb shelter. “They’ve been there for two or three  nights already,” Yana said.
Yana’s grandmother is with her at the hospital. She said she is  devastated by what is happening to her family and land.
“I can’t understand this government, or Mr. Poroshenko  himself. Why should our kids, our mothers, or grandmothers  suffer? There is so much pain inside, I can’t even express  it,” the woman said.

The Ukrainian military is moving forward with their offensive,  carrying out raids in Donetsk and Lugansk as well as the  surrounding areas, according to Ukraine’s National Security  Council spokesman Andrey Lysenko. Reports from the ground indicate that the offensive continues to  be accompanied by indiscriminate shelling of residential areas,  causing daily civilian casualties.

On Wednesday alone, 34 people died and 29 others were injured as  Kiev shelled villages and towns in the Donetsk region, local  health authorities reported. Shells also hit a penal colony in the Donetsk region, killing two  inmates, local authorities told RIA Novosti.
Another bomb hit the Yasinovskiy coke and chemical plant in the  city of Makeyevka, causing fire with a billow of smoke. All of  the workers have been evacuated and production at the plant has  been halted.

Makeyevka has for days been the target of relentless shelling,  with houses, kindergartens and a fuel station reportedly  destroyed in several attacks. Six civilians were killed there as  a result of Tuesday’s shelling. Some of the towns  targeted by Ukrainian troops’ shelling are left with no water or  electricity. On Tuesday, a water purification plant was heavily  damaged in the Donetsk Region, cutting water supplies to  thousands of people, including those in Zugres. Meanwhile in the  city of Donetsk, local maintenance crews have been working to  restore the damaged water plant supplying water to a population  of 436,000.

Meanwhile, Ukrainian customs officials are refusing to inspect  the first batch of Russian trucks carrying aid to eastern Ukraine, claiming that the  paperwork is not ready. The UN has estimated that around 2,000 people have lost their  lives since the start of the riots in Kiev and the subsequent  military campaign in the south-eastern regions of the country.

21.08.2014
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