The physical damage and destruction caused by relentless Russian air raids is well documented, but the psychological impact is taking its toll as well, as exemplified by an incident in the village of Irzhavets, Chernihiv Oblast, on August 11.
The residents of the village took it upon themselves to seize a motorcycle from their neighbor, Serhiy Chmyr, because it sounds like an Iranian Shahed drone, village council head Serhiy Syrota said on Aug. 11.
“The man rode his motorcycle through villages with headlights off, while the sound of the engine resembled the sound of Iranian-made Shahed attack drones, which Russia constantly launches against civilian objects in Ukraine,” Syrota said.
"Chmyr repeatedly and deliberately ignored my requests, including personal ones, to stop. During the hours of darkness and curfew, he rode on his motorcycle through Irzhavets, Huzhivtsi, and Parafiivtsi without headlights, turn or stop signals, or with a helmet and license plate.
As the police had failed to take action against Chmyr, the village decided to act collectively instead, Syrota said.
"We ended it today. I want to warn everyone who violates the traffic rules, ignores the curfew, and believes the war to be somewhere far away, so they can drink, get high, and have fun... Wewill not allow that... A vehicle has been seized from the offender and we will transfer it to the police," Syrota said.
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