Serhii waited patiently in line until the supermarket opened in the city of Severodonetsk. It was March 2022 and already many food shops were closed. As in the remaining shops, the quantity of goods had decreased, residents were forced to queue several hours before they opened. Serhii, husband and father of a 13-year-old girl and journalist by profession, was in such a queue that day.
Half an hour before the supermarket opened, 150 people had already gathered. It was 8.30 in the morning when he noticed a man taking pictures of the queue of people from different angles. Some began to protest, but he did not intervene, thinking it might be a fellow journalist. “But literally five to seven minutes after that, the bombing of that queue started. Then about three mines – I think they were mines – fell a few tens of meters from where [we were]. The queue of people began to move closer to the house, to the wall, and when I had already heard the whistle of this mine, I shouted: everyone down! I fell down myself, covered my head with my hands and the next thing I remember is opening my eyes and pieces of asphalt were on me."
Read the full story in Kathimerini here.