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Tymophiy is hugged by his aunt Olena Streelets on July 19, 2022, in Shevchenkove, Ukraine. (Kyrylo Svietashov / For The Occasions)
Earlier than conflict got here to his village, 12-year-old Tymophiy Z. had abounding of the accepted amid preoccupations. And his abutting acquaintance was his diary.
There was a applicable woman, Yarina, he wrote, however she alone him. He admired the video daring “Minecraft” and the household’s half-wild cats. He grumbled sometimes about his arch 6-year-old bisected brother, Seraphim, who didn’t persistently alive as much as his lovable moniker. Aback his stepfather drank, it afraid him.
These adolescence musings had been disconnected by a abhorrent babble within the sky on Feb. 24. Tens of baggage of Russian troops fashioned past Ukraine’s borders, and suburbs of the capital, Kyiv — together with Tymophiy’s agriculture village, Shevchenkove, some 30 afar to the northeast — had been certain beat or bedevilled because the affronted drew close to.
Tymophiy sits in his room. (Kyrylo Svietashov / For The Occasions)
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