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War pushes this Ukrainian psychiatric hospital to the front lines


CHERNIVIH, Ukraine — Raisa Pustovoit was hiding in the basement of a mental hospital here when Russian soldiers arrived, holding guns and shining flashlights on her and other terrified patients who had fled there.

A hospital has operated here on the fringes of wider Ukrainian society for two centuries, its patients largely abandoned by their families due to their mental health and learning disabilities. But Russia’s advances have placed them on the front lines of war and united this forgotten group with a desire to survive and support each other.


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