War Thrust This Ukrainian Psychiatric Hospital Onto the Front Lines

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

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

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