October 16, 2022

Vassili Golod for the German public broadcaster ARD captured this poignant moment with nine-year-old Askold on the sudden loss of his playground to a Russian missile.

via Vassili Golod

Russia turns children's playgrounds into war zones. Little Askold has been playing in Shevchenko Park since he was a baby. A hole now marks where his favourite swing used to stand. The 9-year-old talks about the brutality of war. Like an adult.

And here's part of what he said.

"- But you are not afraid anyway?
- No.
- Why not?
- It hurts me a lot. I didn't think that these swings would ever explode. But I haven't seen anything like that. I'm not afraid, because I'm Ukrainian — and Ukrainians are not afraid of anything!" he says, adding that he's seen even worse things in Bucha.

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