Nadezna looks out her window telling of how she looks after the pets of residents long gone hoping they will return.

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In Ukraine, many continue to live along the line of contact. Those who remain in what is now known as the 'grey zone' are mostly the elderly who are unable to leave due to a lack of resources. Many protect what they own from looters and care for the pets of those who evacuated. In this gallery, some wish to remain anonymous.

Donetsk Oblast: A coal mine near the frontline continues to operate as a source of income despite fighting nearby.

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The Lebedev family settle for dinner to retain a sense of normality even though bombs reign down on the village.

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As a battle rages nearby, the family continue to eat.

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Their home has been renovated several times despite the fact of guaranteed fighting close by.

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A local discusses her difficulties during the war and how she has lost half her home.

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Her home where she lives with her husband was bombed by separatist forces.

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Maria lives also lives in the village of Opytnoye and experiences the same shelling as other residents.

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Here she complains of the destruction of her home.

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A neighbours home with the words 'people live here' is painted on it to discourage looters and soldiers.

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Nature has reclaimed much of the village.

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Another resident 'Micha' shows me where he hides when the bombing begins.
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Donbas resident Irina stands in what was once her home.

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Life is unpredictable in the 'grey zone', with limited supplies and on occasion...

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...stray bullets fire through homes in residential areas.
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