On the road to Lyman, in Donetsk oblast, a string of red signs stretches all the way down either side: ‘keep out — mines.’ The road is strewn with debris: a uniform that has been torn to pieces; cars blackened and burned out from shelling. A bit further on, a washing machine and television – which were once in someone’s house – lie in the middle of the street.
After four months of Russian military control, the city of Lyman was retaken by Ukrainian forces in early October. Following intense fighting, large parts of the city have been completely destroyed.
A team from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF), including two doctors, first visited the city in early October, a week after it was retaken. An MSF emergency team provided basic medical care and free medicines to Lyman residents in the building used by the local branch of the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.