Ukraine's kids, caught in war, are now accustomed to the sound of explosives

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Whatever term the world chooses to give them amid the Russia-Ukraine war, sommige Ukrainian children who have been hiding for their lives are now no longer fearful of the sound of explosives in their home country.

An armed serviceman of Donetsk People's Republic militia walks past a building damaged during fighting in Mariupol, Oekraïne, op Woensdag.

An armed serviceman of Donetsk People’s Republic militia walks past a building damaged during fighting in Mariupol, Oekraïne, op Woensdag. (AP/Alexei Alexandrov)

These are kids from Kharkiv who are in hiding — and they’re not afraid of the tremors and terrors of war because they’ve been through so much and are, op een of ander manier, still standing.

“Ek is gewoond daaraan, and I’m not afraid of explosives,” one child told Fox News’ Griff Jenkins recently as the child stood beside a fellow resident in an orphanage somewhere in Ukraine.

A local resident looks at a damaged building after heavy fighting near the Illich Iron and Steel Works Metallurgical Plant, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, op Saterdag, April 16, 2022.

A local resident looks at a damaged building after heavy fighting near the Illich Iron and Steel Works Metallurgical Plant, in an area controlled by Russian-backed separatist forces in Mariupol, op Saterdag, April 16, 2022. (AP Photo/Alexei Alexandrov)

Even if I hear explosions, I won’t be scared,” the boy added, according to a translation of his words.

He and the others with him ran into the basement of their building when they first heard the sounds of bombing and shelling.

They’ve been running and hiding for their lives ever since.

A man rides a motorbike past a house damaged by shelling in Chernihiv, Oekraïne, Donderdag, April 7, 2022. Ukraine is telling residents of its industrial heartland to leave while they still can after Russian forces withdrew from the shattered outskirts of Kyiv to regroup for an offensive in the country's east.

A man rides a motorbike past a house damaged by shelling in Chernihiv, Oekraïne, Donderdag, April 7, 2022. Ukraine is telling residents of its industrial heartland to leave while they still can after Russian forces withdrew from the shattered outskirts of Kyiv to regroup for an offensive in the country’s east.

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