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.

Nadezha remains in the zone of conflict looking after pets of those who fled.


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Miners emerge from a 6 hour night shift
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Lebedev and his family eat dinner together while outside a brutal back and forth bombing campaign between both sides carries on
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The family begin preparations to sleep regardless of the fierce battle nearby
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Maria points to shelling of her house
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A soldier downs an energy drink as there is no time to eat a meal
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A soldier's tattoo translating as 'cartoon' which he likens to the perpetual state of war
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Opposition forces begin firing
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Ukrainian troops search for movement following a fierce firefight
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A soldier shows his discontent for taking a photograph as they take fire...
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...to which he nervously lights a cigarette during a moonlit battle
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A bridge blown by opposition forces to prevent Ukrainian tanks from crossing
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Soldier's decorate a Lenin with Ukrainian colours
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Irina stands in her home destroyed by bombing
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A school fitted with bullet proof barriers remains open near the line of contact

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