Kutuzivka, Ukraine — We walked down the stairs in the bright sunlight to a dark, dreary basement. It was full of beds, and people who had escaped into the building had personal items to take whenever they could.they began to beat their villages with artillery.
Kutuzivka is just 15 miles from the Russian border, on the road where Russian tanks pass by.– and when they retreated, they came back again. Most of the villagers fled before or during the Russian invasion or after the town was abandoned by the invaders.
But the shelling did not stop when the Russian soldiers left, so there are still people taking shelter in the basement we visited. There were about 100 people, 40 of whom were children, but we found that only one child remained.
Timofy Seidov was there with his mother, who said they had nowhere else to go. Her mother, Rita, told us she thought they were going to die every day.
It was incredibly sad to witness Timofy’s suffering. He has been hiding in the basement with his mother for 84 days. At just 8 years old, he endured unimaginable horror. The sound of the constant shelling shocked and traumatized him.
Whenever our conversation turns, Timofy would be silent. He used to paint cheerful pictures with the sun and the blue sky. Now he draws tanks and monsters.
He was very quiet and polite while we were there, but his mother said that he was hysterical when the shelling began.
All his friends left the bunker.
“They fled,” he said sadly.
Timofy misses his best friend Nikita the most. He turns nine in July and wants a phone to play games for his birthday. He has a pet parrot and a hamster with him in his underground shelter. He may never fully recover from what he is going through right now.