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The day in the city was followed by powerful explosions in its vicinity. In the morning, machine-gun shots could be heard within the city. Tomorrow, probably, we will read about another strike on the Russian military base in Chornobayivka. There are also battles near Stanislav. For several days I watched the convoy of Russian vehicles moving in that direction. That way in the morning - and back in the evening. They settled right under my window, in the dormitory and educational building of the same lyceum where on March 1 they had shot territorial defense fighters. Like many other residents, I wanted them not to come back. My wife and I even went to take pictures of their deployment to pass on to the Armed Forces. But we quickly realized that this military base will be here for a long time. It is located in the middle of residential areas where families with children live. The city is shrouded in smoke. Reeds are burning in many places. The humanitarian blockade and the capture of activists goes on. Thousands of pensioners, driven by fear of hunger and uncertainty, are queuing for Russian Z-humanitarian aid. But there are those who come to the stores with their last money to buy Ukrainian goods that have risen in price twice. They deserve to have their little feat noticed: with a treat or discount. Despite the stubborn resistance of local residents, the machine of "people's republics" is slowly moving along the gnarled road from point A to point B. However, the Ukrainian army is moving faster.
   Kherson watermelons are known throughout Ukraine and beyond. This year they are a special camouflage variety. In 28 days of the war, more of them burst than in 10 years of the USSR campaign in Afghanistan. But these figures do not stop the Storyteller. He has stated that "an acceptable loss is 30 or even 50 thousand watermelons". A completely logical continuation of the story with a justification of the Afghan war and the personality of Stalin.
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