Black days of Ukraine

I arrived to Ukrainian city Luhansk in the early summer of 2014 and it was still a peaceful town, but the feeling of impending disaster was already in the air and and every following day it became even stronger. The conflict between separatists and the official Ukrainian authorities gradually escalated into the war. The south-east of Ukraine was captured by the full-scale hostilities. This summer became the bloodiest time for the strategically important city of Luhansk. The locals had to survive without any water and electricity under the daily shelling. And each new day could become their last day. There always at least two armed fighting sides in any war. For me, as a journalist and a human being, the most important side in this conflict was the third one– ordinary people, the civilians, innocent victims of these conflicts. Disaster came into their lives unexpectedly. These people appeared the participants of the military confrontation against their will. They experienced the most terrible things: the death of their friends and relatives, destroyed houses and ruined lives of thousands of people.