Monday, October 3, 2022

Live: Russia says it could use nuclear weapons amid an ‘existential threat for our country’

At the gravesites of young men, Ukrainians have a request for the West. But to honor it could be disastrous

By Emily Clark in Lviv with photography by Brendan Esposito

Live: Russia says it could use nuclear weapons amid an 'existential threat for our country'
(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

In the western Ukrainian village of Verkhnya Bilka, the first local hero killed in Russia’s war is being laid to rest and, as is the custom, the community will join a procession to honor him, to pray for his resurrection and to help his family say goodbye.

Bogdan Lazar, 51, was one of 35 people killed last Sunday when a Russian air strike hit a military training base in Yavoriv, ​​just 20 kilometers from Poland.

The war hadn’t been this far west, and the attack sent a signal that nowhere in the country was safe.

Live: Russia says it could use nuclear weapons amid an 'existential threat for our country'
(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

His funeral is being held just two days after he died and it begins outside the house he lived in with his wife and two children.

Over the course of an hour, about 400 villagers line up to pay their respects and to leave offerings of money in plastic shopping bags.

Prayers are said, psalms are chanted and as the last person files past Bogdan’s casket, an air raid siren sounds. No-one moves or takes shelter, the war can wait.

There is one call to action repeated across Ukraine: for Western forces to install a no-fly zone across the country.

Live: Russia says it could use nuclear weapons amid an 'existential threat for our country'
(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

From President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to displaced women with babies on their hips to a village leader burying his friend, the message is the same.

Close the sky and Ukrainians will, as they say, “take care of the Russians”.

Vladimir Putin has said such a move would be seen as participation in the war and Western leaders have repeatedly ruled it out, saying it risks starting World War III.

Today, in this small village, the price of Russia’s ability to attack Ukraine from the sky is paid.

The plea is again repeated and issued with a grave warning.

“The world needs to look into the eyes of people who have seen death and fled from death, and then they will understand everything,” Vasil says.

“The trouble is still with us, but tomorrow it may be in the world.”

Live: Russia says it could use nuclear weapons amid an 'existential threat for our country'
(ABC News: Brendan Esposito)

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