Ukraine.  A 98-year-old woman fled Russian-occupied territory.  I walked 10 km

98-year-old Lydia Stepanevna fled the partly Russian-occupied town of Ocheretin in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine to areas controlled by authorities in Kiev. The Okrynska Pravda website reported on Monday, citing police reports, that she had walked 10 kilometers alone.

The woman had to leave her family home, which was destroyed by Russian forces. Initially, the 98-year-old woman traveled with her son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter, but later she was separated from her loved ones and walked alone almost all day under enemy fire – we read on the website.

In an interview with the media, Lydia Stepanevna admitted that she fell several times due to lack of strength and was losing her breath, but she was able to get out of the occupied areas. In the evening, Ukrainian soldiers noticed the old woman and handed her over to volunteers from the White Angel organization, which helps civilians from front-line towns to evacuate.

The woman is 98 years old, which means that at the end of World War II in 1945, a 19-year-old girl was entering adulthood.

98-year-old Lydia Stepanevna fled the partially Russian-occupied town of Ocheretinnpu.gov.ua

The woman did not suffer any injuries

The elderly woman wanders without food or water, supporting herself with two poles. Ukrainian police reported that the 98-year-old man miraculously survived the war and did not suffer any injuries.

Lidia Stepaniona is currently staying in a center for evacuees from towns and villages close to the front line. As he emphasized, he feels relieved and will soon join his relatives who also managed to flee the occupied territories, Ukrinska Pravda reported.

– I survived that war (World War II – Editor) and now I live the next war. I have nothing left (no means to live – ed.) – the 98-year-old said in an interview with the media.

Lydia Stepanevna, 98 years oldnpu.gov.ua

Ukrinska Pravda reminded that Lydia's story is not the first case of an elderly person escaping the town of Ukrinska. A few days ago, Ivan Yakovych, an 88-year-old resident of this village whose Ukrainian passport was confiscated by Russian occupiers, entered independently on foot into areas controlled by Kiev.

Main image source: npu.gov.ua

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