Updated January 12, 2023 | 4:55PM MST
LIFE IN THE DESTROYED TOWN OF IRPIN SEEMS TO MOVE ON AS WAR STILL LINGERS IN THE EAST OF UKRAINE - WITH STEFAN HUIJBOOM
IRPIN, UKRAINE – In between apartment blocks, most of them newly built just some years ago, a burnout car stands in front of one of the apartment entrances. A woman, holding a large can of water, passes by and somewhat frustratingly starts shouting: ¨look, look around you, you see what those Russian orcs, those fascists, did here?!¨ It doesn´t take long to see what this desolate place had been through. Bullet holes leave scars on the apartment block for a fierce battle that was fought here in March 2022.
The battle of Irpin is one of the bloodiest in the events of the war in Ukraine. Right now, though, everything seems to have calmed down, but walking amidst destroyed buildings makes you think how in the world life could ever start progressing here again. It is a small ride on a bus from Kyiv, passing a military checkpoint where Ukrainian soldiers ask all the men on the bus for identification documents. These checks need to be made in order to arrest people who are on the watchlist of the Ukrainian Security Service.