The fractures of the war in Ukraine told in a bus

SEEN FROM ELSEWHERE – In Kramatorsk, a city abandoned by nearly 75% of its inhabitants, passengers and drivers are showing heroism in an attempt to regain some semblance of normality during the conflict.

Par Jacobo García (El País)

Until 112 days ago, the G6 bus that runs through Kramatorsk, a key city on the frontline of the Ukraine-Russia war, was constantly packed. Today, it is an almost empty vehicle that crosses sad streets to pick up elderly people from neighboring towns and women who are trying to do their shopping cheaply in the market on Parkova Street. More than three months ago, the public transport company had 380 employees. Only a third of them are still there. And of the 100 buses in the fleet, only the 16 battery-powered ones can still run due to a fuel shortage. Before the Russian offensive in the Donbass, topics of conversation were rising food prices, delays in public transport or the pruning of cherries due to the onset of heat. Today, either there is no conversation and silence reigns, or it always revolves around…

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