A Spring Rain in Mykolaiv

Vadim F. Lurie, A Spring Rain. Mykolaiv, Ukraine, May 2014
Reprinted with the photographer’s kind permission

She suffers constant nightmares that Russian troops are seizing her home city – but Katrin Kravtsov previously never thought she would see the day when she would leave her beloved Mykolaiv.

However, the 37-year-old mother-of-one decided that enough was enough when shelling hit her neighbourhood late on Tuesday.

Katrin and husband Alexey live in a modest one-bedroom flat in a Soviet-era apartment block. 

The couple and their six-year-old son Maxim spent Tuesday night in their hallway by the door – ready to run for their lives in case of another attack.

It came as speculation mounts that Russia – as part of its masterplan to seize the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine – is plotting to take this port city on the Black Sea and force the region to hold a bogus breakaway referendum.

Such a move would create a massive land corridor under Kremlin rule.

Source: James Franey, Daily Mail, 20 April 2022

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