Russian forces are focusing their bombardment on Severodonetsk, a strategically important city in the eastern Donbas region. Dmytro Gabsaliamov owns the popular Puzo Fax Lists Pub in the city. He was then forced to shut down his business and spend more than a week in a shelter beneath his Fax Lists apartment after the Russian invasion in February. "You cannot understand what it’s like. You can’t go anywhere because it’s just bombing all the time. It’s not safe anywhere. We heard someone died, someone was attacked inFax Lists his house or flat," he tells me from the central Ukrainian city of Uman, where he's now stayin.
Gabsaliamov fled his home city on 4 March. Just over a month Fax Lists later he was sent photos of his destroyed apartment. "When we left our apartment a bomb shattered our flat. I had a Fax Lists good apartment, I put a lot of money into it. I've lost it all," he says.Gabsaliamov speaks fondly of his pre-war life in Fax Lists Severodonetsk. His bar could hold 200 people and was one of the few venues in town to put on rock shows and stand-up comedy nights. "It was a crazy atmosphere." The bar was pulling pints until 23 February - the day before the invasion. "We were still working because people always cam.
He says, adding there was a sense of disbelief as to what was happening. Fax Lists Gabsaliamov says he has a couple of friends left in Severodonetsk who are looking after their elderly parents and cannot leave. He likens the situation to Mariupol, the port city destroyed by Russian forces. "It’s all Fax Lists burning, it’s all damaged. Now in the city you have no electricity, no internet, no water, no gas." He dreams of one day returning to his city. "I’d play football three times a week. We had many football fields," he says. "Fax Lists In the morning you drink coffee, in the evening you drink craft beer. It was a good time." "I hope I can return. It’s like a dream, but it’s looking very bad.