The woman’s mission was simple: she went shopping and she wouldn’t stop. Svetlana Zhivaga just had to cross a bridge.
But it wasn’t just a bridge. Residents who lived nearby said it was mined. Ukrainian soldiers have warned others that the bridge has been shelled and is likely to be shelled again. But last Friday morning, ma’am. The 54-year-old Zhivaga woke up shortly before sunrise, climbed the stairs and crossed what is currently one of the most dangerous rivers in the world.
“I’m actually a thrill seeker,” she said. Said Zhivaga.
The bridge, or what is left of it, covers about 250 feet of the Siversky Donets River, which separates the eastern Ukrainian cities of Lisichansk and Severodonetsk. It would have been completely impassable if it weren’t for a few stairs connecting the collapsed section to the road above.
In recent days, the three bridges connecting the two cities have been destroyed, Ukrainian authorities said, including Ms. Zhivaga Bridge, leaving Ukrainian forces almost blocked as they struggled to keep a shrinking pocket out of territory in Severodonetsk since the Russian invasion.