From the beginning of the full-scale invasion, the city of Izyum suffered from Russian shelling. It was bombed, destroyed by artillery, tanks and mortars. One of the significant destructions was a residential building at 2 Pershotravneva Street. It happened on March 9, when Izyum was under attack again.
There were residents in the building, some of whom were hiding in the basement. People from the street also found shelter there. After a series of hits, the house could not withstand and the two entrances simply collapsed. A fire broke out on the spot, killing many of the survivors. The aggressor used phosphorus shells, so the fire burned for about ten hours. More than 50 people died that day. Their bodies lay under the rubble for a month until the occupiers allowed to particularly dismantle the ruins.
But it was only after a year and a half when the debris were fully investigated. Part of the building should be dismantled, part should be left as a memorial to the innocent victims. Now you can see many flowers and portraits of the dead there. In Izyum, this house became a symbol of Russia’s war crimes.
The publication was financed by the Internews Network and the NGO “INSTITUTE OF MASS INFORMATION” within the framework of the “Media Program in Ukraine” project
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