Homeless Ukrainian woman adjusts to life in a caravan

STORY: "I lived in this house before the 24th of March. I would've never thought this would happen. That my Russian brothers would attack us and do something like this with my house, and with my Ukraine. They tore me out of here by my roots."

72-year-old Zinaida Baranchuk has no idea how long she will have to live in a caravan next to the ruins of the family home in Irpin that she inhabited for over 40 years.

She cooks food on a gas stove in the trailer, getting by on a pension of less than $99 a month.

Baranchuk moved to the house in 1981 to live with her husband.

On March 24 shelling blew out the roof, doors and windows of Baranchuk's home, her possessions were wrecked and covered in debris, the only things still intact, the brick walls that her late husband laid with his own hands.

"On the 24th, we got scared and went to the bomb shelter. We spent the night there. And when I came back in the morning, there was no house. Only smoke left. It lasted for two days. But I didn’t see it burning, because this happened during the night."

The only certainty she has is that she cannot be still living in the trailer when winter comes later this year.

"Maybe our government will think about it and help us, after all. I am still hoping. They have already given me a trailer to live in, so maybe they can lend a place to live in the winter. Otherwise, I can’t depend on myself here."

"I want to live peacefully until the end. Not running away. I want my own house, my corner."

Irpin was recaptured by Ukrainian forces in late March.

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