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Basement – shelter for Donetsk residents. Photo reportage

personal space limited with one bed

Photo reportage by radiosvoboda from basements in Petrovsk district in Donetsk city.

Due to constant shelling many houses are heavily damaged or completely destroyed, so that many residents live in basements.

Starting from winter when flow of internally displaced people increased these shelters became place for the most needed.

Personal space is limited with one bed.

Donetsk basements

Some of people have moved to hostels in city center, but many still stay close to their houses and property. People fear that local looters would steal everything from their homes is they leave them.

About 30 people can stay for the night

About 30 people can stay in a basement for the night. During heavy shelling basements are often overcrowded.

Basement – shelter for Donetsk residents. Photo reportage

Electrical cables are attacked so that people can cook in makeshift basement kitchen.

kids in basement

Two girls play in the basement. Kids spend most of time playing. Their running annoys some neighbors in the basement, other let children do what they like.

Basement – shelter for Donetsk residents. Photo reportage


Petrovsky district suffers from constant shelling. Many of those who go out from the shelter during daytime go back at night.

dry leaves

Basement residents dry leaves and grass. Icons are for those who pray for an end of the war. Other store parts of newspapers, they hope that words from publications can come to life.

Basement – shelter for Donetsk residents. Photo reportage

Some families with children have decided to return from Russia when they have understood that situation is getting better. However, schools are closed for summer holidays and they don’t have enough money to get out of the region.

Basement – shelter for Donetsk residents. Photo reportage

Some people have adapted themselves to life underground, basement residents are accustomed to getting humanitarian aid.

Putin in basement

Despite all the evil that has happened during this year, many people still believe that Russia will help them.



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