On Ukraine front, civilians cling on as troops repel Russia
February 27, 2023
VUHLEDAR, Ukraine — The murky water oh so slowly trickles from the filthy drainpipe into her grimy container — the ticking seconds ramping up the risk that Emilia Budskaya could lose life or limb to Russian artillery strikes torturing her front-line town in eastern Ukraine.
Gaping gashes from shrapnel in the courtyard walls around her testify to the dangers of venturing outside — exposed and without the body armor that Ukrainian soldiers defending Vuhledar wear when they emerge from their bunkers.
But Budskaya and her daughter need water to cling on and survive, to eke out another day in the ruins.