One other Mykolaiv resident, Olena Myschanets, mentioned she was fearful for the destiny of her older sister, Olga, and her niece, Oksana, who she mentioned lived on the highest ground of the identical constructing as Alla, Ruslan and Artem.
She mentioned that they had not returned any of her messages.
“I’m praying laborious that they’re alive,” mentioned Myschanets, 56, choking again tears. She added that each one she will be able to do is hope that they might have by some means escaped.
Myschanets mentioned she was not conscious of any navy websites close by, including that the world is a quiet residential neighborhood. Her husband, Valeri, blamed Moscow for the destruction. “Putin and his state are terrorists that should be destroyed,” he mentioned.
Russia has denied focusing on civilians, although the wave of aerial assaults it unleashed this week hit civilian areas and important infrastructure throughout the nation.
Artem’s father returned to the household’s destroyed condo early Friday, choosing up just a few objects together with toothpaste and a few frying pans, as others boarded up the constructing’s shattered home windows.
Ruslan broke down when requested how the household was coping.
“I can’t consider he’s gone,” he cried.
Gabe Joselow reported from Mykolaiv, and Yuliya Talmazan reported from London.