Local people tell of horror and loss after surviving occupation by Russian troops and missile strikes
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Nikolai Bohun showed off the spot where the cab from a tractor landed in his potato field. Not far from the blue metal carcass was a giant tyre. Both objects had flown over the road last month after a Russian S-300 rocket landed on a nearby agricultural building. The attack happened at 3.15am. “It’s a miracle I’m here,” Bohun said.
He and his wife, Lubov, live in Mala Oleksandrivka, a village on the frontline in Ukraine’s southern Kherson province. In March, Russian troops swept in, setting up checkpoints and parking their tanks behind a school. Soldiers from the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) moved into Bohun’s once quiet neighbourhood of School Street.