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Despair and denial in search of victims of Ukrainian malls

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Associated Press

Francesca Ebel

Kremenchuk, Ukraine (AP) — How do you feel sad if you can't find the body? How do you move forward when the person you love disappears into the dust in just a few seconds? These are some of the unthinkable questions that many people in the Kremenchuk are currently addressing after the Russian airstrikes have wiped out busy shopping malls.

Many wanted the war not to reach their city. Since the invasion, a checkpoint has been built at the entrance to the town. Air raid sirens occasionally lamented. There were two strikes at an oil refinery on the outskirts of the town without casualties. But for the citizens of Kremenchuk, a refreshing city on the banks of the Dniepuru River in central Ukraine, hundreds of kilometers from the front line, the town provided them with a relatively safe feeling.

A Russian cruise missile then broke through the Amstor shopping mall, igniting the fiery flames that burned the building and the flames trapped within minutes.

Some people just stopped by the mall on their way home from work to repair their phones or go shopping for clothes. But before they recorded what was happening, the building became a black suffocating Inferno, and the fire inside was very hot, melting the metal and glass.

The survivors told AP that there were "hundreds" of people in the building at the time of the collision. To date, 18 people have been confirmed dead, at least 20 have been reported missing, and dozens are in the intensive care unit. Hours after the strike, a local telegram group was filled with panic messages asking for information about their missing daughter, brother, and friend.

Among those still looking for relatives is Oleksandr Baybuza, whose brother-in-law Kostiantyn Voznyi worked inside Amstor at the time of the attack.

Baybuza told AP that his family had no information about the whereabouts of Voznyi.

"Everyone wants him alive, somewhere injured. No one has lost hope. Everyone is waiting for the good news. I We are very worried, "said Babeza. His face was pale and exhausted.

When the war began, Voznyi sent his wife and children to a safe place abroad. He stayed in Kremenchuk, unable to leave the country due to martial law, and ended up working at an electronics store in the central corridor of Amster Mall. Alexandre says witnesses saw him working there that afternoon.

The family could not find him at the local hospital. DNA samples were taken from Voznyi's children and his father. Now start a terrible wait.

Currently, 14 paramedics psychologists are working at the blast site with families and survivors like Voznyi. Psychologists face difficult challenges. The explosion was so powerful that you might never find a trace of a relative's loved one.

State Emergency Services spokesman Svitrana Rivalco told AP that investigators had found eight additional corpse fragments alongside the identified dead. "The police aren't sure how many (victims) there are, so we're finding fragments of the body, not the body. Now we're clearing at the very center of the blast. You can't really find such a body here. "

Psychologists agree with the idea that families may not be able to find relatives. Working to help.

"The main thing is not to give them special hope. I don't say everything is okay. Your loved one will be taken alive from the rubble a few days later. If we say so, they will have false hopes, false expectations, "says Julia Farieva, a state emergency services psychologist.

"It is important that they accept this reality as soon as possible," said another psychologist who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the media. "It's better to release your emotions now than to save them later."

Farieva said that the main job of a psychologist is to stay close to and listen to those in distress. Says that it is to help them throughout this era of serious trauma. She says it's their job to identify who needs help, as most people don't ask psychologists for help.

"We visually select those who need help above all else. They are too excited, shivering, crying, and acting aggressively. It may be a person, "Farieva said, adding that he has helped people looking for children, former mall employees worried about their colleagues, and anxious citizens.

On Wednesday morning, some people were still standing by the wreckage of the mall, hoping for news of their loved ones. A young woman sat on the ground with her legs crossed and cried, hiding her tears with dark sunglasses. Another woman was comforted by one of the psychologists. One man, who didn't want to give a name, stood staring at the ruins, so he seemed to be suffering. He brought a yellow flower to put on a nearby monument. "I was there, I almost died," he said. "I shouldn't have come here, it was a bad idea. I can't even see this.

Many silently staring at Amster's wreckage Farieva, an experienced crisis psychologist, like the inhabitants of, is still shocked.

"I have been working for 20 years and this is my first experience of this kind. Nature. Before the crisis associated with, there was a road road accident .... Throughout these long days, we all feel this kind of shock, confusion, and anger. "

According to Ukrainian officials, Clementug needs to serve as a reminder that nowhere is safe during the war. Ukrainian prosecutor Irina Benedictova, who visited the bombing site on Tuesday, said all citizens should expect the arrival of "every minute" and "ready" missiles.

Psychologically, it is difficult for many to accept the tragedy that struck a quiet riverside town.

One resident, Dennis Ipatov, said: … Why do you do that? For peaceful citizens, for peaceful facilities. I don't understand the meaning of this war. â € ¦ What drives these barbarians.