Flood saves Ukrainian village from Russian occupation

DEMYDIV, Ukraine, May 15 (Reuters) – The intentional flooding of a small village north of kyiv that created a quagmire and submerged cellars and fields but prevented a Russian attack on the capital was worth every sacrifice , residents said.

Ukrainian forces opened a dam early in the war in Demydiv, causing the Irpin River and thousands of surrounding acres to flood the village. This move has since been credited with preventing Russian soldiers and tanks from breaking through Ukrainian lines.

“Of course it was good,” said a man who lives in the village, but would not reveal his name.

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“What would have happened if they (the Russian forces) … had been able to cross the small river and then go to kyiv?”

More than a third of some fields were flooded, said another man, who also did not reveal his name.

About two months later, villagers were still coping with the aftermath of the flooding, using inflatable boats to get around and planting flowers and vegetables on the remaining dry patches of land.

Children ended up with wetlands to use as playgrounds.

The Russian invasion, now in its third month, has claimed the lives of thousands of civilians, driven millions of Ukrainians and reduced cities to rubble.

Moscow calls its actions a “special military operation” to disarm Ukraine and protect it from fascists. Ukraine and the West say the fascist allegation is baseless and that the war is an unprovoked act of aggression.

Over the weekend, Russia pounded positions in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, seeking to encircle Ukrainian forces in the Battle of Donbass. Read more

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Writing in Melbourne by Lidia Kelly; edited by Jonathan Oatis

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