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Ukrainian locals appear unfazed by Vladimir Putin’s brutal war of attrition in a clip showing them enjoying their summer holidays at beach clubs – basking in the sunshine just miles from the frontline.
Russian troops are wreaking havoc as their relentless missile strikes have left entire cities in ruins with rubble from civilian buildings scattered on the streets.
But just a few miles down the Dnipro River, happy-go-lucky locals are acting like life is just like it was before February 2022, when Putin’s men first came barreling across the border.
At one fancy beach club allegedly just a short drive from the frontline, children can be seen sliding down water slides while adults sip cocktails in the sweltering sunshine.
Civilian Oleksii, 42, was sipping on an ice-cold beer by the pool when he said “We can’t go to the seaside because the sea is occupied”, The Sun reports.
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“But in the pool, with cold beer and beautiful girls, we can forget we are in a war zone.
“It gives you a chance to reset your mind.”
At another beach club reportedly in the capital Kyiv, locals can be seen wearing swimwear and getting a tan on in a video that has surfaced on Twitter (now X) .
Dom Lucre captioned the video posted on August 6: “There is currently a party at the Beach Club in war-torn Kyiv Ukraine.”
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He added: “Please keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers.”
In another clip posted online by the same user, hundreds of locals are seen enjoying the sunshine while bathing in the Dnipro River.
The clip is captioned: “Here is footage of Ukrainians running for their lives at the Dnipro River in Kyiv, Ukraine. This footage was posted 11 hours ago specifically. These Ukrainians don’t deserve this war.”
X user Malinda commented: “Living a normal life, even in war-torn countries, can offer a sense of stability, hope, and resilience. Maintaining routines, connections, and pursuing education or work can help individuals cope with challenges and contribute to rebuilding their communities once the conflict ends.
“It’s a way to assert humanity in the face of adversity and work towards a better future. Young people in a war-torn country should still find moments to enjoy themselves. Engaging in activities they love, spending time with friends and family, and finding moments of joy can help them cope with the challenges they face.”
But it is a chilling contrast to the horrific scenes unfolding in the eastern Ukrainian town of Pokrovsk, where a Russian missile attack killed at least eight and injured 30 people on Tuesday.
It comes just days after Moscow unleashed a huge strike barrage with up to 20 missiles and drones on western Ukraine.
Officials said the strikes and shelling killed at least six people.
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