One farmer was just days away from starting the harvest, but the Russian shelling came first — despite his modest farm’s distance from Ukraine’s southern front. In minutes, the flames threatened what was left of this year’s grain crop.
“That field was on fire. That one is burning. There it’s burning,” the farmer said, giving only his first name, Viktor, as he paced back and forth on a patch of scorched earth.
Rick Noack contributed to this report.