Russia-Ukraine news for November 7, 2022


The construction of a bridge that was destroyed to impede the Russian advance towards the city of Irpin on October 28 is seen. (Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

Signs of disaster are all around when you reach Irpin, near Kiev.

The city saw some of the fiercest fighting when Russia tried to close down the Ukrainian capital at the start of the war.

But it soon becomes clear that the neighbors are busy putting the pieces back together. A CNN crew caught up with resident Olexander, who showed footage of his apartment building eight months ago, with nearly every window blown out. “Everything is working now,” he said, including the heater.

In this district, it’s a race against winter, as the temperatures start to drop and the permanent blackouts continue.

Neighbor Tetyana said she spent 10 days hiding in her basement during the occupation. Somehow, his phone connection was working when his friend called to say that Russian tanks were minutes away from his building. It was time to evacuate.

“It was a miracle that Mykhailyna managed to reach us,” he said, referring to the call. “I took my parents. We had a car. And that was the only way to leave.”

Tetyana’s apartment was badly damaged, but she too is proud that it has since been repaired and she has moved in again.

At the UNICEF site, a different kind of reconstruction is taking place. Supporters are focused on helping children and parents navigate unspeakable trauma.

Psychologist Ksenia Lebedev said lasting trauma manifests itself in all forms, from impaired speech to self-harm.

Healing comes through play, arts and crafts, and therapy.

Kateryna Chyzh, a volunteer cheerleader, said she sees children gradually coming out of their shells and reconnecting.

And the assistants themselves also find healing. “Normally, it inspires me too,” said Kateryna, “I experienced the occupation in Bucha, so now in this environment, I’m more relaxed and I like it a lot.”