A Ukrainian man who lost his wife, 3-month-old daughter and mother-in-law in an Easter weekend missile strike in Odessa says ‘it’s hard to live with’.
Yuriy Glodan was at the grocery store and heard an explosion on his way home, he told CNN’s Sara Sidner.
“I immediately sensed something bad had happened. I tried to call my wife. She didn’t answer,” he said in translated remarks.
When he arrived at his building, which had been hit, he and a passerby immediately attempted to start clearing the rubble. They, alongside EMS personnel, found the bodies of Glodan’s wife and mother.
Officials told him to leave the scene because there was fear of the building collapsing, but he would not leave until he found the body of his baby girl.
“It’s hard to live with that. My family was my whole life. I lived for them. When my baby arrived, I understood the meaning of life,” he said.
Glodan’s neighbor Oleksiy Paradovsky, 19, is in hospital after suffering burns to 20% of his body.
“I realized a rocket had hit my spot and I started burning,” he told Sidner. “I thought for one more minute, and I would definitely turn to ashes.”
Shrapnel also had to be removed from his body. He was preparing to work on a commercial supply ship before the war, but now he is lucky to be alive, he said.
Watch the report and learn more about the two men here: