Orphans evacuated from New York under fire: children have seen only war for years
Police evacuated three children who were left without parents from the village of New York in Donetsk Oblast. Their mother had died a few weeks ago, and the aunt with whom the children lived had no plans to leave the dilapidated village.
Ukrainian law enforcement insisted on the evacuation and eventually took the children to Kyiv. This is described in the TSN story (to watch the video, scroll to the bottom of the page).
Seven-year-old Anya said that they were hiding from Russian shelling in the basement. Enemy shells smashed the windows and pierced a hole in the foundation of the house.
The mother of three was ill and died a few weeks ago. The orphans were taken in by an aunt, but she was not going to leave the village. The police insisted on evacuating them.
"The enemy artillery and mortars reach New York every day. Three days before this evacuation, we were also taking our family out and came under fire. They were shooting at our car," says Pavel Dyachenko, a police officer with the White Angel police crew.
Evacuated from their home, the children have seen only war in recent years. Their cousin, who also left the danger zone in Donbass a few years ago, now wants to take custody of the children.
It is worth noting that the forced evacuation of children has already been announced in seven settlements in Donetsk Oblast. According to the decision of the coordination headquarters, compulsory evacuation will be carried out in Zaliznoye, the settlements of New York and Severnoye, and the villages of Konstantinovka, Ivanopillya, Nikolaevka and Podolskoye. Despite the constant shelling, 239 children still live there.
As a reminder, the last child was evacuated from the village of Khromove near Bakhmut. The White Angel police crews, together with the military, evacuated 9-year-old Matthew, his parents and six other adults from under fire.
Earlier it was reported that in Avdiivka, which the enemy wants to encircle in a semi-ring, parents are hiding their children to avoid evacuation.