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Russia | The Guardian: ‘We don’t sleep well’: Russians strike at 2am, 4am and 6am, says Zaporizhzhia governor

He was woken by news of first missile hit on 24 February and is still taking the calls eight months later

The Russian missiles come to Zaporizhzhia when the “people’s dreams are at their deepest”, says Oleksandr Starukh.

The governor of this south-eastern region of Ukraine since 2020, Starukh, 49, took the call from his bed at 5.08am on the morning of 24 February when one the first missiles of the Russian invasion had hit a local air defence system. Nearly eight months later he is still taking the dawn calls.

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