Ukrainian mother describes horrific Russian shelling of residential area: ‘Bodies were lying on the ground’

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Yulia Zhdanova, mother of two, survived a Russian bombardment of her hometown. She captured video of the explosion in Chernihiv which ultimately killed 47 people.

Russian forces destroyed a residential building next to Zhdanova’s house. Her family is now trying to find safety.

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She remembers that the day of the explosion was very difficult. On “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, she said everyone was exhausted from hearing warning alerts every 20 minutes or so.

“People had to run around the shelter all the time – in the basement,” Zhdanova told host Ainsley Earhardt.

“We were sleeping in our clothes and we didn’t have enough to eat.”

Aleksander, 41, leans his palms against the window as he says goodbye to his daughter Anna, 5, on a train to Lviv at the station in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, March 4, 2022. Aleksander is due to stay behind for fight in the war while his family leaves the country to take refuge in a neighboring country. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
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Zhdanova said that in the moments leading up to the explosion, she received an alert that her family needed to go to the shelter.

“But it was so quiet and peaceful that we just relaxed and stayed home because we were so exhausted,” she said. “It was difficult to run every time in the basement.”

She then received another message asking her to stay alert and ordered her family to hide.

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“Within a minute we heard a very, very loud explosion, and we fell to the ground and the glass in the windows shattered.”

She said her family grabbed their bags and ran outside. She discovered that the house next to hers was on fire.

“Bodies were lying on the ground.

Zhdanova recalled a gruesome scene following the bombing. She saw body parts and described hearing “inhuman” sounds coming from the injured.

His relatives in a nearby house also survived the shelling, but their house was destroyed.

“A lot of people died. There was a lot of blood everywhere,” she said.

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Zhdanova said Russia was lying about the ongoing crisis.

“The Russians say it’s a special military program, but it’s not. It’s a real, horrible, horrible war,” she said. “There are no military objects there. … There are only houses.”

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“They just bomb hospitals. They bomb schools, preschools, homes, and they don’t care.”