For more than two hours last week, Siva Kaushal tried to calm her sister after a Russian rocket hit a few yards from her home.
Seva, a Kyiv resident and company executive turned military volunteer, is originally from the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipro.
His sister was at her home in Dnipro on January 14 when a Russian ballistic missile hit a nearby apartment block.
In this attack, a part of the apartment block collapsed, killing 45 people and injuring dozens.
In the latest episode of Sky News Ukraine War Diary The podcast, an emotional Seva, reflects on a conversation with her sister after the attack that has rocked Ukraine.
“Dnipro is my hometown, and my sister lives about 300 meters from where the rocket hit the building,” said the 41-year-old, who answered his phone for Sky News shortly after the Russian strikes began. But started recording the diary.
“It was very difficult to talk to my sister like that. [knows] Some people who live in this building. Not exactly where the rocket was, though [in] same building.
“They [had] For the first time in his life to see so many dead bodies. And of course it is very difficult. [for her] to accept.”
To overcome Ukraine’s existing air defense system, Russia has begun targeting the country with ballistic missiles.
For months, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has asked Western allies for more advanced weapons that would help shoot down the missiles.
The US has agreed to provide the powerful Patriot air defense system, which could help thwart such an attack. But it is yet to be implemented on the ground.
“[The attack on Dnipro] Hit everyone really, really hard just because everyone can relate, because buildings like this are very common throughout Ukraine,” explains Seva’s wife Oksana Koshel, who also appeared in the latest episode. are
“The pictures and the videos from the place, they just strike that very sensitive chord in everybody’s soul, because you realize that you [could] next, and the people you love, your family, [could] You will find yourself in a similar situation any day.”
From the creators of Sky News’ award-winning Storycast, Ukraine War Diaries is a weekly podcast that follows those who live on and survive Europe’s new frontline.
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