IDPs live in the front-line cities and towns of Zaporizhzhia — they are people, who left the temporarily occupied territories or those who evacuated from the villages that are close to the front line. The latter lost their homes and fled from shelling.
The Makota-Kaprovsky family left the city of Orikhiv, which was completely destroyed by the Russian invaders.
95-year-old Stefania Kaprovska settled with her son and daughter-in-law in Komyshuvakha, which is not far from her native Orikhiv. The woman is already going through the second war.
A native of the Lviv region, Ms. Stefania has an extraordinary story. After the Second World War, she spent ten years in exile: it was then that the Soviet authorities deported her, like many Ukrainians, to harsh Siberia in Russia for hard work.
For ten years, Ms. Stefania worked hard for Russia, building the railway to Bratsk (a city in Russia) with her own hands. Condemned by the Soviet army for helping the Ukrainian nationalists, Stefania Kaprovska returned to her native Ukraine with serious illnesses.
In 1954, I was released, but not yet let go to my native Ukraine. We had to stay on the territory of Russia. During this period, I met Volodia, my future husband. He was born in the Frankiv region and was one of the deportees. We got married and had a son, Ivan, says Stefania Kaprovska.
After returning to Ukraine, the family lived in Orikhiv for more than 50 years.
However, the Russians came again, taking away part of life. Ms. Stefania’s house was destroyed by a Russian shell, and the family had to flee again from Russian aggression.