WorldDrawing to suppress fear in the Mariupol bomb shelter

Drawing to suppress fear in the Mariupol bomb shelter

Ivashchenko shares his own experience: “I paint my fear. I fear war. I was scared when I heard gunshots on the street.”

“It was very scary, it was very dark in the cellar. There was no light. We used candles and flashlights. There were a lot of people around. We slept on the floor for days. Every day it got worse. Then there were big explosions, even in the basement, the walls started to shake. When they started shooting at the house, the ceiling collapsed in the cellar. The basement also started getting hit. Then a big fire broke out,” she added.

Painting Ivashchenko painted while in the bomb shelter

Ivashchenko, the girl’s mother and grandparents were among those who were able to evacuate Mariupol and reach the Polish city of Krakow safely.

“This city is very beautiful, I love it here, this quiet. I’m better now, there’s no gunfire here,” said Ivashchenko.


The Mariupol city government said more than 5,000 people were killed when fighting broke out here. This data cannot be verified.

There are still about 100,000 people trapped in this city of 400,000 people.

The fighting continues, Mariupol is in danger