Young woman who survived Dnipro attack tells her story

15 January, 05:45 PM
A girl was rescued from the ruins of a house in Dnipro (Photo:Arsen Dzodzaiev / Hromadske)

A girl was rescued from the ruins of a house in Dnipro (Photo:Arsen Dzodzaiev / Hromadske)

Anastasia Shvets, a survivor of the Russian missile strike on an apartment building in the city of Dnipro on Jan. 1, shared her story on Instagram on Jan. 15.

Photos of her ruined apartment went viral on social media following the strike.

Shvets explained that when the missile struck her building, she was in bed. Her parents also were at home at that time, but were lost following the strike. Following the strike, her kitchen, bathroom, corridor, and storage room were partially or completely destroyed.

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Shvet’s photos shows her waiting in the bathroom, covered with concrete debris, while waiting for rescue, holding Christmas decorations and a toy.

"There is a pit here, and I can see the other part of an apartment block, not my apartment block,” she said.

"It has remained there. I am almost safe and sound, despite a wound on my head and my scratches on my unclothed legs.”

A Dnipro woman is rescued from a house in Dnipro (Фото: Arsen Dzodzaiev / Hromadske)
A Dnipro woman is rescued from a house in Dnipro / Photo: Arsen Dzodzaiev / Hromadske

She was successfully rescued and taken to hospital, she added.

In September, her boyfriend, a Ukrainian soldier with the callsign “Fotik" was killed in the line of duty.

"I haven't been living but only existing since then, trying to come to terms with the fact that my brave Vlad – 'Fotik' for his fellow soldiers and 'Kotik' for me – is gone…” she wrote.

“I felt as if he was protecting me. I have no words, I feel nothing but a huge emptiness inside.”

Emergency services are continuing rescue operations at the impact site in Dnipro. As of Jan. 15, 25 people are believed to have been killed in the attack, with another 73 injured.

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