Chernihiv residents clear debris of destroyed homes

STORY: In the city of Chernihiv, residents began clearing debris from their homes in a bid to rebuild their lives after suffering from heavy Russian military activity.

Houses and structures in the city, around 100 miles northeast of Kyiv, were destroyed from heavy shelling.

The was before Russian forces sharply scaled back their military activity in the area in late March.

Residents are now slowly starting to think about rebuilding.

For 77-year old Anna Selivon, this will be an uphill journey. She has no family left, except a grandchild that pays her visits.

The roof of her small home was entirely destroyed by air strikes and she is now slowly clearing her home one small trolley at a time.

"I was sitting there, I jumped out, there's nothing, everything is on fire, the ladder, it's no good."

"One woman said - You are a strong woman, you can overcome this. But I can't, I can't overcome this, you have to be strong when you're alone."

Russia calls its actions in Ukraine a "special operation" to disarm and "de-Nazify" Ukraine.

Ukraine and its western allies call that a baseless pretext for a war of aggression.

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