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‘Like stepping into a Bond movie’: the danger of elevators in Ukraine

A man who was trapped in a lift during drone strikes is helping stock emergency boxes for people in the same situation

Markus Peuser was in the lift up to his 10th-floor apartment when one of Russia’s early drone barrages against Kyiv hit a power station, and the small metal box shuddered to a halt.

It was at least a good time to get trapped, he said wryly. “I was coming from the supermarket, so I had enough food with me and a bottle of wine,” he said. By the time someone came to rescue him, two hours later, he’d got through “a lot of chocolates”.

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