REPORT – Accessible by a dirt road after a last Ukrainian checkpoint, Lymany is one of those ignored corners where the war has never stopped since February 24.
Special envoy to Lymany
In Lymany, from morning to evening, the full range of artillery is heard, but rather than paying attention to the sound of cannon, Nadezhda Vaissman prefers to sing the patriotic refrains of her youth. Leaning on the gate of her house, this 70-year-old babushka is one of the few people left in this village of more than 3,000 inhabitants located south of Mykolaiv, very close to the front line, in the southern Bug estuary.
His house is rickety, the windows are barricaded or covered with a black plastic cloth. It opens directly onto the “summer garden”, an open-air park dotted with benches, equipped with a kindergarten, where troops from the village, in the summer, come to perform in front of their neighbours. The roof of the stage is riddled with shrapnel, the ground is dug with small craters. Still opposite, the town hall building which also housed the library is reduced to ruins. But for nothing in the world, Nadezhda would not leave…