The constant threat of airstrikes is being used as a tool of war by Russian forces to subjugate millions of citizens in unoccupied Ukrainian cities, according to a Kyiv resident.
Sharing her experiences in this week’s Sky News Ukraine War Diaries podcast, Oksana Koshel reflects on a military strategy that continues to hold millions of Ukrainians hostage in their homes and shelters.
“Over the past two months, Kyiv has returned to pretty much normal life and most of the action is on the front line,” Oksana explains.
“But Russia continues to terrorize the rest of Ukraine – where the fighting is not actually taking place – with rocket fire.
“We have this app, it’s called Kyiv Digital, and it warns you when airstrikes are possible and prompts you to hide in a safe hiding place.
“So now this gives us the stats on how many air raid sirens we’ve had and I’ve read that there have been 444 air strike danger warnings since February 24 and over 477 hours of basically air raid alerts of people feeling and being in danger of a missile strike.
“We discussed it with my girlfriends that unfortunately, due to all the stress, many girls are suffering from severe hair loss.”
On June 26, after three weeks of calm, one man was killed and six injured when Kyiv was attacked by Russian missiles.
Then, on June 27, Russian missiles hit a shopping center in the Ukrainian city of Kremenchukkilling at least 18 people.
You can listen to Oksana’s latest audio diary along with other contributions detailing real life in a warzone in this week’s Ukraine War Diaries podcast.
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From the producers of Sky News’ multi-award-winning StoryCast podcast series, Ukraine War Diaries uses first-person audio, recorded on the ground in Ukraine, to give an intimate daily perspective of life in a war zone .