Lviv, Ukraine (CNN)A volley of machine-gun fire erupted just as Andriy Abba’s family raised a toast to celebrate his 30th birthday in Kherson. Wine glass in hand, he rushed with his parents and younger brother to the basement.
“Even if we wanted to evacuate women and children from here, it’s just plain impossible. They shoot at anyone who tries to leave.”
“We are in hiding. There is a curfew in the city, if people go out after eight in the evening, they shoot to kill.”
Tamara Qiblawi wrote and reported from Lviv, Ukraine. Gianluca Mezzofiore wrote and reported from London. Alisha Ebrahimji contributed to this report.