Dovid Margolin's recent Weekly Standard piece tells the difficult story of the Yakovenko family, a Jewish family in Mariupol, and thereby succeeds in giving the reader a glimpse into the everyday life of those living in the war torn areas of Ukraine.
Excerpted from the Weekly Standard:
Natasha emerges from the house, the wooden door slamming shut behind her. At 43, she is a jolly, smiling woman, the daughter of a Jewish mother and ethnic Russian father who moved to Mariupol in 1989 from Kazakhstan to avoid growing nationalist sentiments there. Her smile and laughter belie the hardships her family goes through regularly these days. Sitting on the eastern edge of town, Mirny has experienced rockets and mortar shells flying overhead as the Ukrainian Army and separa-tists fire at each other from their positions.
“We’ve felt this war since the beginning, since September 4, when this all began for the first time,” she tells me as we sit in the small living room, which doubles as Jenya’s bedroom when he’s home. “My daughter has started wetting her bed since then. I’ve turned to a psychologist.”
From their window they regularly see and hear Ukraine’s antiaircraft guns and artillery firing away. “Basically, it’s pretty festive over here.”
Read the complete piece here.
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