"When they jets fly over, we just pray to God": civilian in east Ukraine
Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 01:29
Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine vow to fight for peaceful residents who feel increasingly scared for their lives and well-being. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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While the scene may look peaceful they are still on war footing in this small town in eastern Ukraine, just days after the government announced a one week ceasefire to promote peace.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) PRO-RUSSIAN SEPARATIST WHO SAYS HE CAME TO FIGHT FROM UZBEKISTAN, BAKHTIYAR KAMALOV, SAYING:
"What ceasefire? What ceasefire? Yesterday they battered us all. They battered us all. I have seen a drone, for the first time in my life I've seen a drone."
One residents says they have been caught in the crossfire of warring sides.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) LOCAL RESIDENT, VERA, SAYING:
"When they jets fly over, we just pray to God: Lord, forgive them and forgive us too. That's what we say."
As the battle for control of Ukraine's east persists -- a separatist vows to fight to protect civilians.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) REBEL, WHO SAID HE IS FROM SLAVIANSK AND GAVE HIS NAME AS "DOMOVOY", SAYING:
"I took up arms because peaceful people get killed, women and children. I have been thinking a long time before I made this decision, but I have no way back now. Because if they keep bombing and killing peaceful people I will not hesitate to give my life in the fight against this regime."
One mother says she would like to flee but has few options.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LOCAL RESIDENT VIKTORIA, SAYING:
"Honestly, we are going to leave. But to be really honest, we have nowhere to go. We don't have any relatives anywhere. I don't even know what to do."
Russian President Vladimir Putin has thrown his support behind Ukraine's ceasefire, but there are still few signs of peace on the horizon.
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