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Sixty-year-old mad journey with Mariupol dog on foot: “I said stomach ulcer”

On April 20, two months after the start of the war in Ukraine, Igor Petin decided to leave his city as a herdsman. A resident of Mariupol, a city besieged and constantly targeted by the Russians, saw Vladimir Putin’s troops landing in his vicinity, firing indiscriminately at civilian homes. That’s when he started stuffing his luggage in a backpack and sorting everything so he could carry “only” 50kg during his trip. Three days later Igor Petin, ready, struck the road at 6 a.m. on April 23 with his dog Ju-Ju, aiming to reach the 225-kilometer town of Saporizia. Is Defender He told his story.

For hours, Igor Petin would pass through his city, searching for bombs, burnt vehicles, unexploded ordnance and ammunition, as well as the bodies of people scattered on the ground. Once when armored vehicles passed him he had to head out. “I was an invisible man then“, He says Defender, “I was dirty and covered in dust. […] I went out of town via Zaporizhia Road and turned up. I looked at the city and thought to myself that this was the right decision. I said goodbye“On the first day, Igor Petin was finally able to reach the town of Nikolsky, 20 km from his home.

After being greeted by a resident who lost his 16-year-old son in a shelving fire, Igor and Ju-Ju continue their journey the next morning. They will quickly stop at the Chechen checkpoint on the first leg of their long journey. They will be brought two kilometers away by these men and taken to a “filtration camp” where Igor Bedin will be photographed, searched and tattooed to see if he can join the Ukrainian army. “A Russian officer sitting at a desk asked where I was going. I lied. I was told I had a stomach ulcer and had to go to Zaporizhia because I had paid for the treatment.t “, Ukrainian who spent more than two hours there, but came out with a document”The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic of the Interior Ministry said“, Allowing him to cross other checkpoints.

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Then, on the same day, Igor Bedin was greeted by six armed soldiers in Virginia on a dark night: “They barked at me and I raised my hands. They told me to take off my top and they emptied my bag. It was cold. They ordered me to follow“He has the power to leave the next day – not before, because of the pain of being shot.

A few days later, he reached his destination, especially crossing a ruined bridge – with a vacuum 30 meters below him – climbing two large mountains, each time failing to carry his tired dog and bag on several trips at once. Time. With the help of a truck driver, he arrives at the center of Japorjia, near a volunteer tent. “During the trip he said nothing but gave me 1,000 hryvnia (about 30 euros, editor’s note). He said good luck to me. He found everything“, Igor Bedin recalled.