(Voznesensk) Residents of the city of Voznesensk first heard the terrifying sound of Russian battle tanks.
They rushed to the shelters. Hiding in their basements, they waited as war ignited the streets of their city.
It happened on March 2 and 3. The battle was fierce. The Russian army used all its might to take Voznessensk.
But the Ukrainian soldiers fought back with force. They forced Russian soldiers to seek refuge in houses, which they used as shields against Ukrainian artillery.
Still holed up in their basements, terrified residents heard the sound of Russian boots upstairs.
Vladimir Putin’s army has hit a wall. With Molotov cocktails, artillery and courage, the Ukrainian forces managed to repel the invader.
The coup de grace took place at the entrance to the city bridge. Caught in a funnel, the Russian troops suffered heavy losses.
Then, the Ukrainians destroyed the bridge to block the passage of the enemy.
On the second day of the fighting, in complete rout, the Russian troops entrenched themselves towards their rear positions.
The Battle of Voznessensk was over. Since then, the city has held firm. It blocks the route of Russian troops to Odessa, this important port city still under Ukrainian control.
Death toll: a dozen civilians and several dozen Ukrainian soldiers. On the Russian side, the losses amount to a hundred soldiers.
Two weeks later, the traces of this violent battle are still visible.
Battle tanks pulverized. Carcass of a downed helicopter. Mines and shells left behind. Bullet holes on the facades of houses.
And the fear of seeing the Russians come back.
The morning of the passage from The Press, on March 18, the tension was palpable. Fresh artillery fire had fallen near the town.
The mayor, Evgenily Velichko, had been talking nervously about the military movements since the morning. He was not very comfortable seeing journalists revealing Ukrainian positions.
Wars are won one battle at a time.
With Isabelle Hachey, The Press