The only Ukrainian-held road to Novoluhansk is being shelled every day, and chances of being ambushed are high. Because of the risk there are no longer any aid organizations that deliver humanitarian aid to the approximately 1,000 remaining residents, who have been living in the shelters for months. Since April there is no more water, electricity or gas.


There’s no ambulances going to the village, the dead are buried in between the houses. As was the case in 2014, Novoluhansk has once again turned into a no-man’s-land. Barely 24 hours after the last and arguably final evacuation, ground fighting broke out in Novoluhansk after the Russians launched an offensive to close the pocket. Most residents had no desire to leave. The few that left the horror in Novoluhansk weren’t planning to stay in Ukraine, and hoped to reach their relatives in Russia as soon as possible. The remaining residents await their fate in the bomb shelter. If they don’t go to Russia, there’s a big chance Russia will come to them. A day after the evacuation, Roman, one of the volunteers that brought humanitarian aid in and some evacuees out, is sitting on a chair in the stuffy room of their headquarters. He stares at the screen of his phone. “Just after we left, a woman was killed after she was bombed outside the porch of her house. We got a call but couldn’t find her. The car was already full,” he whispers, looking up from his phone. She had already packed her bags.

Source: Daphne Wesdorf