October 1, 2022
Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Dovzhenko’s army uniform is pictured throughout an interview for Reuters at his house in Wroclaw, Poland August 10, 2022.

For Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Dovzhenko, embracing his household again in Poland after six months on the entrance line has a particular poignancy as he tries to clear his thoughts of the picture of a mom and baby whose mutilated our bodies had been tied collectively.

He got here throughout the corpses in Irpin in early March as his unit fought to liberate the Kyiv suburb from Russian forces.

“The kid was hooked up to the mom after which each had been blown up,” he stated in his small residence within the western Polish metropolis of Wroclaw, the place the household moved in 2019.

He additionally confirmed Reuters cellphone footage of a hospital he had visited in close by Bucha, the place the our bodies of individuals of all ages had been laid out as a part of the Ukrainian clean-up operation.

Russian forces are accused of committing atrocities whereas occupying the as soon as leafy city outdoors the capital early within the close to six-month-old battle.

Moscow has repeatedly denied concentrating on civilians within the battle and referred to as allegations that its forces executed civilians in Bucha a “monstrous forgery”.

The defence ministry in Moscow didn’t reply to a Reuters request for touch upon Dovzhenko’s recollections.

Considered one of hundreds of troopers thought to have come from overseas to battle in Ukraine, the 41-year-old – who has additionally motion within the south close to Kherson – can now savour the straightforward every day actions he has been lacking since late February.

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He has spent his quick time again house earlier than he returns to the entrance cooking, cuddling his two babies and going for lengthy walks along with his spouse Oleksandra.

“I do not actually know, I might need a really small likelihood of having the ability to return (once more) to my spouse and youngsters. However this work must be finished,” stated Dovzhenko, who runs an organisation of Ukrainian veterans dwelling overseas.

‘WE NEED A LOT OF WEAPONS’

He fought towards Russian troops within the jap Donbas area in 2014, the 12 months that Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine, however this time the battle is extra brutal, he stated.

“There was a battle line – our nation is right here and there was a authorized delineation. Now there is no such line. And all the rockets, the photographs, all the pieces that Russia is utilizing now wasn’t there earlier than,” Dovzhenko stated.

With no signal of a let-up within the Russian advance and the Ukrainian military outgunned, Dovzhenko has little persistence for western voices that categorical concern on the course of the battle however provide no tangible assist.

“Somebody may be very involved whereas there are rockets falling on our heads. Should you’re so involved, we are able to change spots. I invite them to Kharkiv or Mykolaiv. Their concern might be very a lot wanted there,” Dovzhenko stated.

“We simply do not have sufficient weapons proper now. We want a variety of weapons, artillery, we want rocket programs and we want new handguns for the infantry. We additionally want a variety of technical assist.”

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However, on a sunny day in Wroclaw, Dovzhenko and his spouse have been targeted on attempting to get pleasure from their final hours collectively earlier than he returned to Ukraine.

“When he is right here, it is at all times a vacation,” a tearful Oleksandra stated. “He is an exquisite husband and father… We’re doing all the pieces so we will be collectively.”

Ukrainian soldier Dovzhenko, 41 holds his wife Aleksandra during an interview for Reuters at his home in Wroclaw
Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Dovzhenko, 41 holds his spouse Aleksandra throughout an interview for Reuters at his house in Wroclaw, Poland August 10, 2022.
Ukrainian soldier Dovzhenko, 41 looks on during an interview for Reuters at his home in Wroclaw
Ukrainian soldier Dmytro Dovzhenko, 41 seems on throughout an interview for Reuters at his house in Wroclaw, Poland August 10, 2022.

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