Babushka Sonia has died

The sad news reached us from the village of Kupovate.

Sonia died – the sister of the most famous and smiling woman in this town, Baba Hania.

Sonia was disabled and was looked after by her sister – they returned to the zone soon after the disaster telling the military they can either let them stay or they can shoot them.

Picture by Alexander Sirota.

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