Our friends lived in the center, by the stadium. It was a big apartment building, and they lived on the 7th floor. A rocket hit the 11th floor; people were killed. They had a car, but no gasoline. And so on March 8th, their neighbors gave them a bit of gasoline, and they managed to leave with other cars through an evacuation corridor. Approximately 200 cars left, but some Russians shot at them. Then the shot cars were pulled off, and the evacuation continued. Now these people are in Western Ukraine.
How the washing machine was pulled out I still don’t understand
As for us, Anatevka ended up under really bad shelling three days later, and everyone evacuated from there: first to Moldova, then to Romania, and then to Israel.
But we got out in time, because Russians came into Hostomel basically the day after we left. They took over our place and literally crapped in every room, wherever they could squat they would shit, even where they ate. Are they people or animals? And of course they stole a lot: the TV, washing machine, coffee machine, computers, kid toys, all of my son-in-law’s stuff, from t-shirts to jackets to shoes. How they got the washing machine out, I don’t understand: it was huge. They tried to pull out a big double-door fridge from the neighbor’s house and couldn’t get it through the door, so they just broke it.
And of course they took all the small items for themselves, jewelry etc. But they left us a lot of their food, whole boxes of Russian military rations. And they left their clothes: they changed into the clothes of our son-in-law and the neighbor, and left their own clothes (the investigating authorities picked them up).
They destroyed two cars. They were looking for gasoline, but they didn’t just open the tank, but cut out the back seats, tore out the doors, made a hole in the tank and put a pipe in, so now there is just a pile of metal left.