According to one Kyiv resident, the Russian forces are using airstrikes as a weapon of war to subdue millions in unoccupied cities of Ukraine.
Oksana Koshel shares her experiences with the Sky News Ukraine War Diaries podcast. She reflects on a military strategy that continues to hold millions more Ukrainians hostage in their shelters and homes.
Oksana says that Kyiv has returned to “a pretty normal life” over the past few months. Most of the action is taking place on the frontlines.
“But Russia continues terrorizing the rest of Ukraine, where there is no fighting – with rocket attacks.
“We have this app, it’s called KyivDigital and it warns when airstrikes may be possible and encourages you to hide in a safe place.
“So now we have the statistics on how many air raid sirens were heard. I’ve seen that there have been 444 warnings of imminent missile strikes since February 24, and 477 hours of air raid alerts essentially of people feeling or being at risk of such a strike.
“We discussed it with our girlfriends that unfortunately, because of all the stress, many girls experience severe hair loss.”
After three weeks of calm, one person was killed and six others were injured when Russian missiles struck Kyiv on 26 June.
On the 27th of June, Russian rockets struck a shopping center in the Ukrainian city Kremenchuk and killed at least 18 people.
Listen to Oksana’s audio diary and other contributions about real life in war zones in the Ukraine War Diaries podcast this week.
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Ukraine War Diaries is a podcast by Sky News’ award-winning podcast series StoryCast. It features first-person audio from the ground in Ukraine. This allows for an intimate look at daily life in a war zone.