Ukraine warfare: ‘There is no such thing as a household now’ – mother-of-nine’s eldest son preventing on similar frontline her husband died on

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Maryna Berlizova is sitting on her low mattress, a photograph of her youngest daughter taped to the wardrobe and a pram within the nook, overflowing with child garments.

She is absent-mindedly stroking her tummy and searching the window of her mother-in-law’s small three-bedroom home she now shares along with her youngsters.

In a couple of weeks’ time the mother-of-nine will grow to be a mother-of-10; her child daughter shall be born into a big household however with no father – her husband, Yurii, was killed close to Kharkiv on 24 February, the primary day of the Russian invasion, the day “every little thing turned the other way up”.

Maryna Berlizova's husband Yurii was killed on the first day of the Ukraine war. He was a soldier. They have nine children, and she is pregnant with a 10th.

“My husband was a soldier,” she stated.

“In our free time we all the time went to the river for barbecues, in all places with the kids – to the zoo, in all places.

“We spent all our time as a household you recognize, we lived nicely. There may be nothing. There is no such thing as a household now.”

Her grief is fast and uncontrolled; she sobs between sentences and glances commonly at {a photograph} of her husband in army uniform, as if trying to him for consolation and help.

“He was a superb man, he was a sort man, accountable.

Yurii Berlizov and his wife Maryna Berlizova  with some of their children. Mr Berlizov was killed on the first day of the Ukraine war. He was a soldier.
Yurii Berlizov and his wife Maryna Berlizova  with some of their children. Mr Berlizov was killed on the first day of the Ukraine war. He was a soldier.

“He was a sports activities teacher within the brigade, they went to competitions.

“He liked to sing and play the guitar.

“And that is all, life ended. We had plans for the 2 of us and now I am alone.

“We’re proud [of him], however it doesn’t make it simpler for us.

“Who wants this warfare? What number of youngsters died? Households are merely destroyed, simply ruined.”

She solely lately discovered her husband was lifeless. They heard nothing from him for 77 days because the Russian invasion progressed, claiming increasingly lives.

“After all we’re proud. They protected different guys and didn’t enable the column to move to Kharkiv, they simply defended it by themselves.

“He did not even have time to take us out of town. He stated: ‘I am going to take you out, then I am going to go to warfare’.

“He stated in our final dialog: ‘I shall be again when the warfare is over’. We’re nonetheless ready…”

Maryna Berlizova  with some of her children. Mr Berlizov was killed on the first day of the Ukraine war. He was a soldier.

With horrendous coincidence, her eldest son is now preventing on the identical frontline her husband died on.

“He’s solely 20 years outdated, he nonetheless does not know something, he’s nonetheless a toddler,” she stated.

“I’m very afraid for him, I’m terribly afraid.

“I attempted to take him out of the military due to this example, to assist us at residence however it isn’t doable.

“The warfare. Unimaginable.

“And now he has no cellular connection. However you must stay with it. I am unable to even name him to see how he’s.

“How can this be endured? It is tough. You simply stay and consider that it’s going to finish quickly.”

The bed room door is firmly closed, the kids are taking part in elsewhere. Grief is completed in personal.

Yurii Berlizov was killed on the first day of the Ukraine war. He was a soldier and the father of nine children. His wife is pregnant with a 10th. His grave is the one with the flowers
Yurii Berlizov was killed on the first day of the Ukraine war. He was a soldier. He and his wife had nine children and a 10th is on the way

“Everyone seems to be afraid to cry, in order to not upset the others. That is why we do not cry. We cry alone however all collectively we don’t cry. You’ll be able to’t cry. It is onerous, in fact.”

I requested her in regards to the Russians, the troopers who killed her husband.

“These should not individuals. These should not individuals in any respect,” she stated.

“They got here to our land to destroy our plans for the longer term, to destroy households.

“I have no idea for what function they’re right here and what number of extra should die to finish this warfare.

“Three months with no sleep. Not sleeping for 3 months is tough.

“You might be anxious in regards to the youngsters.

“The place will we go subsequent if instantly they arrive right here? How for much longer will we run? The place can we go subsequent?”

Learn extra:
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‘My child has gone… but he died a hero and I’m proud of him for that’
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It’s the horrifying dilemma so many households right here face.

Yurii is buried close by, laid to relaxation within the village he grew up, in a peaceable nook of rural Ukraine.

“You may discover his grave, you may know which one he’s,” Maryna tells us as we are saying goodbye.

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She’s proper. In a small cemetery throughout the sector from the village church we discover it.

Overflowing with flowers and with a photograph of him posing proudly in uniform is the ultimate resting place of Senior Sargent Yurii Berlizov: soldier, husband, father; one of many first to be killed on this horrific warfare, one of many first of hundreds.

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