The Dnipropetrovsk region, located at the crossroads of central, eastern and southern Ukraine, has become a temporary home for many of the internally displaced Ukrainians fleeing Russian occupation in the east and south. It hosts more than 320,000 people, 74 business enterprises and 2 hospitals from the areas of heavy combat. Despite appearing as a safer place, the region is consistently ravaged by the Russian missile strikes akin to the whole territory of the country. Such strikes have already damaged more than 2,000 residential buildings. As of June 2022, more than 150 missiles have struck Dnipropetrovsk region.
One of the districts most heavily impacted by the air strikes in the region is Nikopol. Just on September 11 3 people were wounded as a result of another attack – “Grad” systems and heavy artillery fired more than 35 times during one night. Consistent attacks have severely damaged the town’s infrastructure, including gas transportation system, electricity supply, residential buildings. Heavy artillery is one of the main sources of destruction in the region. The proximity of Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant, seized by the Russian military, adds to the worries of the residents staying in the southern part of the region.
Despite the challenges of the war time, residents of Dnipropetrovsk region endure. The emergency and utility services and police keep up their work and territorial communities cooperate in order to help each other under such challenging circumstances. Ukraine in Flames #186 presents speakers that share details of the region’s life during the war, including heavily targeted areas of Nikopol and Zelenodolska territorial community.
- Oksana Lymar, journalist from Nikipol
- Dmytro Nevesely, head of the Zelenodolska territorial community, Dnipropetrovsk region
- Iryna Sytnik, editor of regional media, Petropavlivka, Dnipropetrovsk region
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