In Ukraine's Donbas region large numbers of the elderly remain in the line of contact (zone of fighting).
They choose to stay for many reasons regardless of dangers posed by the conflict surrounded by hundreds of battalions and soldiers.
During winter months it is difficult for the army to locate opposition fighters due to poor visibility. This poses a bigger threat to civilians on both sides alike.
Constant attacks from opposition forces see stray bullets and shrapnel hit civilians and buildings.
Infrastructure is beyond repair and people are suffering greatly from lack of administrative assistance and basic medical care.
Much of the danger for civilians lies in the long wait, and complacency of relying on silence before fighting breaks out.