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Farming villages in Ukraine line up for food because of war

Lebyazhe: Ukraine’s farmland is famous for its rich black soil and considered a breadbasket for the world, but on Thursday, after months of war, residents of a frontline farming village were queuing for food.
The Russian invasion force that crossed the border on February 24 barely arrived In Labiazeas ukrainian Soldiers scrambled to protect the route to the country’s second city, Kharkiv.
But the quiet rural community, sometimes shell-shocked, found itself embroiled in the ensuing conflict, until this month’s lightning Ukrainian counter-offensive turned back the attackers.
“It was horrible, horrible. I can’t even describe it,” said the 75-year-old Galina MykhailivnaHungry while waiting for food rations in front of a rural cultural center with an empty shell hole in the facade.
“It’s sad, they destroyed the whole village,” he declared, exaggerating his anguish as most of the houses were still standing, though signs of the war were everywhere.
“It used to be so beautiful, now it’s ruined,” he said.
As residents gathered, a Ukrainian army’s truck-mounted multiple rocket launchers rumbled through the village’s narrow streets, while occasional artillery bursts erupted.
Powerless for six months
In signs that Moscow is targeting civilian infrastructure, Siverskyi, which was hit by a Russian missile this week, is located downstream from a large dam on the Donets River in Lebyaz.
Its western flanks include vast stretches of sunflower fields — a global source of cooking oil — and village homes typically house productive vegetable patches, goats and ducks.
But on Thursday, the community leader Alexander Nesman — the tallest man in the village — was overseeing the distribution of food parcels.
Each box, emblazoned with the U.N. World Food Program logo, contains 12 kilos (26 pounds) of basic foodstuffs — rice, oil, pasta, canned beans and canned meat — enough to feed one person for a month.
It was a heavy burden for some elderly villagers, but the neighbors helped. Boxes were loaded onto wheelbarrows and tied to bikes, as dogs and children enjoyed playing in the crowd.
The gathering is cheerful, a chance to visit the village shop and greet neighbors, perhaps to forget Lebiaz’s other problems for a few hours.
“Yes, six months without electricity. And now three months without gas, but we’ll make it somehow,” said the 65-year-old. Lyubov Palushkina.

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