Coal distribution to Lugansk oblast

Anna, 52 years old, retired, lives alone in village of Triokhizbenka, Novoaidar region, Lugansk oblast. In 2014 the conflict has divided the life of villagers as they lived before and live now after. “I want to tell you that before this has happened we had a peaceful life with our families. And life was much better than now” – told the woman.

Anna Salmanova

Anna’s the only son lives and works as a fireman in Belokurakhovka. He visits his mother not very often as his work is located 150 km from home. Accordingly, all work about the house and garden she is doing herself. Luckily, her house had not been damaged. The village now has no gas supply as gas pipe had been damaged during shelling. Winter of 2014 was the most difficult as the village had neither gas nor woods.

“We thought we will not survive. Thanks to humanitarian organizations – they saved us from living in cold and provided coal and woods. Before our organization delivered coal, villagers had nothing to heat with or money to buy it. Previously coal was delivered at a cost 2500 UAH per 1 ton. But retirement benefit is only 949 UAH so we can hardly afford it” – added Anna.

In 2014-2015 Triokhizbenka was one of hotpoints in eastern part of Donbass. “Our villagers still remember shelling and explosions. Today our village is under the government control and it is quiet here. But we know that the conflict is not over yet, as our village is located very close to the border with self-proclaimed LNR, and it is too early to think about absolute peace”- said Anna. Owing to support of project “Repair of war-damaged houses and psycho-social assistance in Ukraine (Lugansk and Donetsk)” Anna will some time keep warmth in her house. She will try to make it as long as she can as villagers of Triokhizbenka and other citizens from “grey zone” got used to live from one visit of humanitarian organizations to another, as aid from NGOS is the only one way to survive here.

The project “Repair of war-damaged houses and psycho-social assistance in Ukraine (Lugansk and Donetsk)” implemented by Adventist Development and Relief Agency in Ukraine (ADRA Ukraine) with financial support of German Foreign Office.