Russian retreat leads to celebration (2/2)
Over the last few weeks, Ukraine has been gaining land back, and what remains are villages and towns in ruin.
Oleksandr was captured by the Russian troops more than once and placed in something called “the pit”.
The Pit was a basement in nearby Mali Prohody, that served as a prison. But Oleksandr said he soon learned to navigate it.
He explained: “I learned that basement inside out.
“I could distinguish people by only their voices. The floor was wet. Nothing to lie on. A few torn tyres, nothing else.”
He explained the place was overcrowded, it was wet and the food given was often rotten.
“You ask them: “Give me some toilet paper” and their responses were unkind: “I’ll punch you in the face right now.”