(11 Apr 2022)
Makariv – 10 April 2022
1. Wide of crater from strike in middle of road, church in distance
2. Mid of church
3. Close of damaged church roof
4. Damaged church facade
5. Image of Jesus through hole in door
6. Destruction inside church
7. Various of priest, Bogdan Lysychenko, looking at damage inside church
8. Pull focus image of saint on wall
9. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Bogdan Lysychenko, priest:
“Now the church is in critical condition, now we are taking the icons from it, saving them, because the water is coming. We will be looking for an opportunity to restore it. We need some funds. We will be waiting until, I think, they are not driven away from the territory of our county. For now we will close the windows to prevent looting.”
10. Painting of the Last Supper on the floor, destruction background
11. Priest’s wife Nadia Lysychenko showing woman damage in church
12. Damaged roof, icons covered in white sheets
13. Various of recovered icons
14. Various of local worshipper Al’ona Parkhomenko in church
15. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Al’ona Parkhomenko, worshipper:
“Because each person, who was leaving, from any place: Makariv, Bucha, Hostomel or from Andriivka, the neighbouring village which was destroyed to the ground; each one, even those who did not know the Lord’s Prayer, he was speaking to God with his own words.”
Borodyanka – 10 April 2022
16. Queue outside church to receive food and other supplies
17. Volunteers preparing food and aid inside church
18. Various of local volunteer Alla Witman (yellow jacket) working inside church
19. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Alla Witman, volunteer and resident of Borodyanka:
“There are volunteers in Ukraine who bring help from all the corners of the world for our Ukrainians. And we organise them and send them to all villages because people there have no facilities: no light, no gas; they couldn’t even cook their food. We had people cooking in the streets.”
20. Various of people queuing for food outside church
21. Various of destroyed residential buildings
It’s almost Easter in Ukraine where churches on the far edges of the capital on Sunday considered faith, hope and charity.
In Makariv, a handful of members visited a badly damaged riverside church, at times moved to tears. Small golden crosses for rosaries lay scattered on the floor with the shattered glass.
And in Borodyanka, where Russian attacks ripped a blackened hole in a high-rise apartment building, volunteers and donations filled an almost untouched church a short walk away, while residents lined up at the door for food and other assistance.
On the day when Pope Francis called for an Easter truce in Ukraine to make way for a negotiated peace, many visiting the churches invoked God in recalling their survival.
“Each person, who was leaving, from any place: Makariv, Bucha, Hostomel or from Andriivka, the neighbouring village which was destroyed to the ground; each one, even those who did not know the Lord’s Prayer, he was speaking to God with his own words,” said Al’ona Parkhomenko, a worshipper, in Makariv, where the church exterior was speckled with bullet holes and the priest warned of falling glass.
In Bucha, shocked into silence by atrocities that left bodies in the streets, about two dozen of the faithful gathered for the service while the exhumation of bodies continued from a mass grave in the churchyard.
But they are finding some churches damaged or destroyed. Ukrainian authorities in late March said at least 59 spiritual sites including churches, mosques and synagogues had been hit.
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