Ukrainian village of Lebyazhe was hit by Russian invasion force that crossed border on February 24 . The isolated rural village was battered by shelling, but was not destroyed by the fighting .
LEBYAZHE: Ukraine's farmland is known for its rich black soil and is considered a breadbasket for the world, but residents of a frontline farming village were in line for food on Thursday.As Ukrainian forces scrambled to defend routes to the country's second capital, Kharkiv, the Russian invasion force that crossed the border on February 24 did not quite reach little Lebyazhe.The isolated rural village, which was often battered by shelling, was embroiled in the ensuing conflict until this month's deadly Ukrainian counteroffensive sent the invading party back.It has been ah-mazing time.She said it was tragic that they destroyed the whole village, exaggerating her indignation because the bulk of the houses are still standing, even though there are signs of war.She said it used to be so peaceful before, but now it has been destroyed.As the village's residents assembled, a Ukrainian army truck-mounted multiple rocket launcher rumbled through the narrow lanes, while artillery detonations roared from time to time.Six months without electricity ominously, Lebyazhe is downstream from a major dam on the Siversky Donets river, which was weakened by a Russian missile this week, indicating that Moscow is attacking civilian infrastructure. However, community leader Olexander Nesmiyan, the village's tallest man, was charged with the distribution of food parcels on Thursday.Each box, which is decorated with the UN World Food Programme logo, holds 12 kilos (26 pounds) of basic foodstuffs, including rice, oil, pasta, canned beans, and canned meat, enough to feed one person for a month.Some of the elderly villagers had to carry it on, but neighbors helped out.Dogs and children enjoyed roaming among the crowd, so boxes were loaded into wheelbarrows and strapped to bikes. Yes, six months without electricity.And now three months without electricity, but maybe make it possible, said Lyubov Polushkyna, 65.